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Tsai to announce her VP choice at 4 p.m.

Tsai to announce her VP choice at 4 p.m.

Tsai to announce her VP choice at 4 p.m.

Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Monday to make an official announcement of her running mate in the upcoming January election.

Academia Sinica Vice President Chen Chien-jen, widely touted to be Tsai’s choice for running mate, said Saturday that the announcement of the choice was up to her.

Born in Kaohsiung, Chen became a well-known as health minister from 2003 to 2005, when he tackled the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). After leaving the health ministry in 2005, he went on to serve as head of the National Science Council, another government department.

Earlier Saturday, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng reportedly said that Chen’s emergence might help the DPP ticket’s performance in the Kaohsiung region, as the academic’s father was the founder of one of the area’s top political factions and also served as Kaohsiung County magistrate.

The official announcement in the afternoon would end months of speculations as to who would join Tsai’s ticket to the presidential race.