A Taiwan politician’s Christmas: giving birth at 5 a.m., taking the oath at 10 a.m.

Lin Pin-chun, 35, had been scheduled to give birth on January 1

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Lin Pin-chun at the Hsinchu County Council just five hours after giving birth to a little girl.

Lin Pin-chun at the Hsinchu County Council just five hours after giving birth to a little girl. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A politician in Hsinchu County gave birth to a girl at 5 a.m. on Christmas, and then hurried to the local government building to be sworn in as a new county councilor five hours later.

December 25, which is not a public holiday in Taiwan, saw the city mayors, county magistrates, and city and county councilors who were elected on November 24 take the oath of office.

In Hsinchu County, Lin Pin-chun (林秉君), a 35-year-old who was elected to represent indigenous peoples, had been expected to give birth on New Year’s Day, the Apple Daily reported.

However, on Sunday evening, she felt pain indicating that the birth would come ahead of schedule.

Come Christmas morning, Lin was rushed to hospital where she gave birth to her third little girl at 5 a.m. She told her baby she would have to go out for a while to be sworn in as councilor before returning to her side, the Apple Daily reported.