TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Just hours after the former premier William Lai (賴清德) announced he would enter the 2020 presidential race, President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed she will register for re-election prior to embarking on an official visit to allies in the Pacific Islands on March 21.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) opened registration early this morning, according to CNA, and candidates have until Friday, March 22, to register. A poll will be carried out on April 10 to determine who will be nominated by the party, with the results announced April 17, according to Business Today.
Spokesperson of the Presidential Office, Chang Tun-han (張惇涵), said President Tsai will ensure she completes registration before embarking on Thursday to Palau, Nauru, and the Marshall Islands in order to shore up diplomatic ties, CNA reports.
Tsai confirmed in an interview with CNN last month that she would seek re-election, expressing confidence in her chances of winning, as Taiwan battles increasing pressure and threats from China. “This is something I have prepared for. It's, again, another challenge,” she remarked.
With the two leading DPP figures entering the fray, the primary is set to be highly competitive. Lai said he believes a competition honoring democratic procedures will help further solidify the party.