William Lai faces up to frustrations in DPP primary contest

Lai said the party’s favoritism regarding the selection of an election candidate is akin to shooting an arrow at a moving target

Ex-Premier William Lai visited Chiayi County Saturday.

Ex-Premier William Lai visited Chiayi County Saturday. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Premier William Lai (賴清德) has expressed his frustration with the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) primary, calling on the DPP’s Central Executive Committee (中執會) to confirm the previously designated primary schedule by May 22.

“It is like shooting an arrow at a moving target,” Lai told the reporters at a book signing event in Chiayi (嘉義) on Saturday (May 18). Lai said the DPP should maintain the party’s democratic spirit and conclude the primary process before the end of May.

He also warned the DPP against changing the schedule in favor of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

On Saturday, Lai visited De’an Temple in Chiayi’s Puzi City. The temple is dedicated to the Chinese god Baosheng Dadi (保生大帝), a doctor who according to legend performed medical miracles.

Lai reminded his audience that he is a doctor, but said he will continue to serve the public as a politician. He prayed to Baosheng Dadi for peace and security, and asked for support from locals for his presidential bid.

When asked by the media how he intended to make a breakthrough and resolve his difficulties with the DPP, Lai said party disputes could affect the electoral outcome and it was vital to garner public support.

He added the purpose of his visit to Chiayi was to drum up grassroots level support and convey his ideas directly to the public. Lai said he was confident the DPP would respond positively to his concerns and that he would win the primary and be the party’s candidate for the 2020 presidential election.