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Tsai confirms Chen Chien-jen as her running mate

Tsai confirms Chen Chien-jen as her running mate

Tsai confirms Chen Chien-jen as running mate

Academia Sinica Vice President Chen Chien-jen has been officially confirmed as Democratic Progressive Party Tsai Ing-wen’s running mate for the January presidential election, reports said Monday.

“Chen is the ideal candidate who will help add a new direction to Taiwan’s economic developments,” she said.

Tsai’s announcement came during a press conference at the DPP headquarters in the afternoon, ending months of media speculations as to who would be joining her bid to the presidency.

Accompanied by head of DPP’s campaign team Chen Chu, campaign director-general Su Jia-chyuan, campaign chief executive officer Lin Hsi-ya, DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu, and among several other political observers and analysts, Chen said in his opening speech that he will assist Tsai in every possible way for Taiwan’s future developments.

During the press conference, Tsai told reporters that although Chen has resigned from his vice president position at Academia Sinica, he would not be joining the DPP as party member, but rather as an independent consultant to the party’s think tank.

“With his knowledge and expertise, Chen is an invaluable asset to the country,” Tsai said, assuring voters that they can have complete faith in him for his past contributions to society.

“Chen has showed his leadership during the campaign against SARS and proved to be an effective communicator and coordinator.”

Speaking after the press conference, Su praised the newly formed ticket as "the perfect match."

Born in Kaohsiung, Chen became 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.

Updated : 2021-09-20 12:41 GMT+08:00