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DPP reluctant to discuss VP, premier choices

DPP reluctant to discuss VP, premier choices

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Senior members of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party were reluctant Wednesday to air views about the party’s potential candidates for vice president and premier.
Media reports suggested that the DPP’s chairwoman and presidential candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, would pick Tainan City Mayor William Lai as her running mate in the January 16 election and Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu as premier if she won.
The “Tsai Lai Chu” combination was described as a golden team.
When Lai was prodded by reporters on the subject, he said that the choices of a running mate and of a person to form a new Cabinet were the prerogative of the presidential candidate. Nobody, including himself, had discussed the issue or give the topic any rating, Lai said, adding that everybody respected Tsai’s opinions.
Former Premier Frank Hsieh, who ran for vice president in 1996 and for president in 2008, said Wednesday’s regular weekly Central Standing Committee meeting had not discussed the topics of a vice-presidential choice and of a potential future premier.
Tsai reportedly told the party’s spokesman to counter the original report in the Chinese-language Next Magazine that she was already considering picking Lai as her running mate.
Tsai has been leading most recent opinion polls against prospective Kuomintang candidate Hung Hsiu-chu. A new president and a new Legislative Yuan will be elected on January 16, but the president will only be sworn in on May 20, 2016.


Updated : 2021-09-28 22:24 GMT+08:00