Taiwan’s DPP presidential contenders agree on televised presentations

Disputed issue of opinion polls to come up at May 17 meeting

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Ex-Premier William Lai and President Tsai Ing-wen.

Ex-Premier William Lai and President Tsai Ing-wen. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Representatives for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential contenders incumbent Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and former Premier William Lai (賴清德) agreed Wednesday (May 15) that both will be able to defend their views in a televised presentation.

The two rivals for the DPP nomination will face questions during the event, but it had not been decided yet what form those questions would take and who would be asking them, the Central News Agency reported.

Tsai, who wants to run for a second and final term, and Lai, whose registration as a candidate last March came as a surprise to many, have been sparring about a variety of technical issues, including the holding of opinion polls to determine the final DPP candidate and the eventual use of smartphones in those polls.

The agreement about the televised presentations was described as a breakthrough. It was achieved during a meeting between representatives of both camps chaired by DPP officials Wednesday afternoon.

The party leadership suggested there should be two or three presentations, with Lai’s representative replying he “respected” that opinion, while Tsai’s envoy said he would go back and “study” the proposal.

The issue of the opinion polls had been discussed Wednesday, but it would be the subject of more intensive talks at the next meeting between representatives of both sides, scheduled for May 17, CNA reported.