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Tsai seeking DPP nomination for 2016 presidenital race (update)

Tsai seeking DPP nomination for 2016 presidenital race (update)

Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen registered at the party's headquarters Sunday to take part in its presidential primary, seeking the party's nomination for the presidential race next year. Tsai is expected to be the DPP's presidential candidate in elections scheduled for early 2016, as she will run uncontested in the party's primary after Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te and former DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang made it clear they would not run and called for solidarity behind Tsai.
Expressing hope that she would be given the opportunity to serve the people and lead the country, Tsai said she is aiming to create a transparent political system and a fresh beginning for Taiwan.
"Taiwan needs a new alternative and political culture," she said.
"After the 2012 presidential elections, I have spent a lot of time visiting every corner of Taiwan. I have felt the tenacity of Taiwan's people given the hardships the public has gone though over the past few years..." "Taiwan's people have not given up, nor have they abandoned their country," she said "At such a time, any politician should stand forth to serve the people. I hope I have the opportunity to do so," she said.
"Now is the time to build new politics that require transparency, integrity and the people's tolerance and participation. The most important thing is that the government must operate a system of 'checks and balances' and the nation's leader must do his or her best to safeguard its sovereignty." Tsai was the DPP's presidential candidate in 2012. In an article published in a post on her Facebook page Saturday, Tsai said she is determined to "create an era that truly serves the people." "We are facing a totally different era. I am not Chen Shui-bian nor Ma Ying-jeou. I am Tsai Ing-wen," she said. "I don't mean to lead Taiwa into an age of the DPP or an age of Tsai," she said, promising to build a "transparent and clean" government capable of firmly protecting Taiwan's sovereignty.
Tsai, however, was reserved when asked whom she would choose to form the DPP's presidential ticket in the next presidential election, saying only that "it is too early to talk about the issue now." Local media has speculated that Lai has been tipped by some party members as Tsai's ticket candidate as vice presidential hopeful.
"I admire Lai's governance, but it is premature to announce who will form the ticket with me. I'll make the decision when time is ripe," she said.
(By Flor Wang)


Updated : 2021-09-23 05:41 GMT+08:00