Taiwan President Tsai and ex-Premier Lai might meet in public Nov. 2

Both are scheduled to attend campaign office launches for DPP legislative candidates

Ex-Premier William Lai (left) with President Tsai Ing-wen.

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

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and former Premier William Lai (賴清德) may meet in public for the first time since their primary rivalry at a campaign event in Tainan on Saturday (November 2), according to media reports.

Efforts continue to persuade Tsai to select Lai, who challenged her in the Democratic Progressive Party primary earlier this year, as her running mate in the January 11, 2020 elections.

Since losing the primary, the ex-premier has been notably absent from events where he might have met Tsai, including a concert in Tainan on Sept. 14 and the DPP congress on Sept. 28. Nevertheless, Lai campaigned on Tsai’s behalf during a tour of Taiwanese communities in the United States.

Since both Tsai and Lai are scheduled to campaign in Tainan this Saturday (Nov. 2), the likelihood is high that they will meet in public, said the southern city’s mayor, Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲).

However, while the schedules of both leaders overlap, there is always the possibility that they will have to hurry off to another location, just missing each other, CNA quoted the mayor as saying.

The public meeting is most likely to occur at the launch of campaign offices for two legislators known to be close supporters of Lai's, according to CNA.