Taiwan President Tsai and ex-Premier Lai might meet before April 27

Unconfirmed media reports see new meeting to settle nomination race

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and former Premier William Lai (賴清德) might meet before Saturday (April 27) to discuss the presidential nomination, according to reports following a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leadership meeting Wednesday (April 24).

Both Tsai and Lai have registered to become the ruling party’s candidate in the January 11, 2020 presidential election, but a five-member mediation panel has been appointed to try and find common ground.

Opinion polls designed to select a candidate were initially timed for mid-April, but they were later postponed to late May, while reports hinted that the incumbent president was less than enthusiastic about the current formula.

A regular meeting of the DPP leadership Wednesday afternoon had decided to try and bring about another meeting between Tsai and Lai to find a way out of the impasse, according to the Apple Daily.

DPP officials told reporters they wanted the party to stand together in solidarity, especially as the opposition Kuomintang was mired in a troublesome candidate selection process of its own.

Responding to earlier rumors that the DPP was planning to abolish the primaries, Lai said he had the fullest confidence in the party.