TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The anticipated first encounter between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and former Premier William Lai (賴清德) since the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) presidential primaries last June failed to materialize at a concert in Tainan, reports said Saturday (September 14).
Supporters of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had hoped for a meeting to pave the way for a Tsai-Lai ticket in the January 11, 2020 presidential elections.
However, Lai did not turn up at the annual Mid-Autumn concert organized by presidential policy adviser Huang Kun-hu (黃崑虎), UDN reported.
The former premier was not even in Tainan, the city he governed as mayor before becoming premier, a central government official present at the concert said. Nevertheless, President Tsai mentioned him in her speech at the event, thanking “Ching-te,” using his Chinese first name, for supporting the concert during his years as mayor of the southern Taiwanese city.
Lai has kept a low profile since losing the primaries last June. Since then, President Tsai has recovered in public opinion polls. Earlier in the day, she campaigned at several sites in the area, which is known as a DPP stronghold.