Taiwan President Tsai might pick ex-Premier Lai as running mate on Nov. 14

DPP officials predict choice will be announced soon, whoever the running mate

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President Tsai Ing-wen (center) with ex-Premier Lai (third from left) at a campaign event Nov. 2.

President Tsai Ing-wen (center) with ex-Premier Lai (third from left) at a campaign event Nov. 2. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) might announce former Premier William Lai (賴清德) as her choice of running mate in the Jan. 11, 2020 presidential election on Nov. 14, according to media reports.

Since their rivalry in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primaries earlier this year, the two appeared in public together for the first time last Saturday (Nov. 2) at an event for a legislative candidate in Tainan.

Media reports on Wednesday (Nov. 6) said Tsai might announce she had chosen Lai to be her vice-presidential candidate at the earliest on Nov. 14.

However, a spokesman for Tsai’s re-election campaign was unwilling to confirm the reports, saying that the president would announce the most appropriate ticket at the most appropriate time, the Central News Agency reported.

The aim was to help the president win re-election and to see the DPP hold on to its absolute majority at the Legislative Yuan, the spokesman said.

Other DPP officials told reporters they had not heard Nov. 14 mentioned as the date for any important announcement, but they would respect the opinions of the president and of her running mate, with the consultation process likely to bear fruit soon.