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Former DPP chief Su Tseng-chang will not run for president in 2016

Former DPP chief Su Tseng-chang will not run for president in 2016

Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) Su Tseng-chang, a former chairman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced Thursday that he will not run for president in 2016, likely clearing the way for party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen to become the DPP's uncontested nominee for the election. Su's announcement came a week after William Lai, mayor of Tainan and another possible presidential hopeful, said that he will not stand in the election, which will be held in late March 2016 at the latest. The DPP began its process of nominating its presidential candidate Thursday. Those who want to register for the party primary can pick up application forms until Feb. 16. Asked whether Tsai's possible candidacy will affect her job as party chief, Su said that "Chairwoman Tsai has prepared for this for a long time and I'm sure she will make the necessary arrangements." While saying he will stump for party candidates during the campaign, Su did not give any names. Legislative elections will also be held early next year. Su, 67, was the DPP's vice presidential candidate in 2008, running with Frank Hsieh in their failed attempt to keep the presidency for the party after Chen Shui-bian's two four-year terms. A former premier, Su has long been a rival of Tsai and the relationship between the two is said to be sometimes tense. Tsai first ran for president in 2012 but failed to unseat President Ma Ying-jeou, who won re-election with a margin of nearly 800,000 votes, or 6 percent. (By Sophia Yeh and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-23 12:54 GMT+08:00