DPP nom­i­nates Tsai for pres­i­dent

Tsai pledges to fol­low new path, re­store dreams to Tai­wan youth


The Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) yes­ter­day an­nounced its of­fi­cial nom­i­na­tion of Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen ( ) to be its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in the up­com­ing elec­tions.

Of the two ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties, the DPP is the first to an­nounce its of­fi­cial can­di­date.

The de­ci­sion was passed by the main op­po­si­tion party’s Cen­tral Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day, which was fol­lowed by a press con­fer­ence ti­tled “Re­dis­cov­er­ing Con­fi­dence, Light­ing Up Tai­wan.”

As chair­woman, Tsai is usu­ally seen at the helm of DPP meet­ings, but yes­ter­day for­mer Pre­mier Frank Hsieh ( ) took the lead; the com­mit­tee passed Tsai’s nom­i­na­tion ac­com­pa­nied with a round of ap­plause.

In­cum­bent Kaoh­si­ung Mayor Chen Chu ( ) and Tainan Mayor Wil­liam Lai ( ) at­tended Tsai’s press con­fer­ence in a show of their sup­port of the chair­woman.

Tsai had com­pleted her in­tra­party reg­is­tra­tion to run for pres­i­dent on Feb. 15, and was an­nounced as the only can­di­date within the DPP on Feb. 25.

As there was only one can­di­date, the DPP did not hold party pri­maries and in­stead went on to nom­i­nate Tsai di­rectly.

Rid­ing its wave of victory af­ter the 9-in-1 Elec­tions, the DPP is set to pro­mote a se­ries of joint­gov­er­nance work­shops for the party’s may­ors and mag­is­trates on April 18, the 100th day fol­low­ing their elec­tion. The work­shops will begin with Lai in Tainan, and Tsai will be par­tic­i­pat­ing as well.

Ac­cord­ing to the DPP, the 13 coun­ties and cities un­der its rule will be dis­cussing green en­ergy poli­cies at the work­shops as well.

Us­ing All Power to Change

Tai­wan: Tsai

Af­ter her nom­i­na­tion was passed in the meet­ing, Tsai said she was “ex­tremely hon­ored to ac­cept the party’s nom­i­na­tion and rep­re­sent the DPP in run­ning for pres­i­dent.”

“The Tai­wanese elec­tion in 2016 should not be about party al­ter­na­tions; the gov­ern­ing mode used be­fore should be changed. What I am about to do, is unite this coun­try and gather the peo­ple be­hind change,” said Tsai.

“Af­ter the press con­fer­ence ends and I walk through th­ese doors, I have a new mission: We will use all our might to change this coun­try,” said Tsai.

Over the past few years, the coun­try’s lead­er­ship has be­come the big­gest na­tional is­sue, said Tsai. “Many ma­jor poli­cies that af­fect peo­ple’s lives are de­cided be­hind closed doors by the gov­ern­ment, which is block­ing the peo­ple out­side those doors.”

“The gov­ern­ment’s wrong de­ci­sions have been shoul­dered by the peo­ple: Eco­nomic growth has slumped, the fu­ture of our in­dus­tries has us wor­ried and the gov­ern­ment is do­ing noth­ing to bet­ter the sit­u­a­tion ... the younger gen­er­a­tion no longer has dreams — the big­gest night­mare for a coun­try,” said Tsai.

The coun­try must fol­low a new path, and build a gov­ern­ment that is cen­tered on its peo­ple’s needs and dig­nity, said Tsai.

“If the gov­ern­ment is will­ing to buckle down, look at peo­ple’s needs through their eyes and re­flect on its gov­ern­ing ide­olo­gies that are out of date, the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sions will be very dif­fer­ent in­deed,” said Tsai.

Tsai Leads in Polling by 8%

The United Evening News yes­ter­day pub­lished an opin­ion poll fea­tur­ing ap­proval rat­ings for Tsai and po­ten­tial Kuom­intang ( KMT) op­po­nent Eric Chu ( ).

Tsai led the poll with sup­port from 42 per­cent of re­spon­dents; Chu was at 34 per­cent. How­ever, the mar­gin be­tween the two can­di­dates has nar­rowed from 14 per­cent to 8 per­cent within two months.

Should Chu even­tu­ally de­cide to run for pres­i­dent against Tsai, 50 per­cent of re­spon­dents thought he should quit his po­si­tion as the cur­rent New Taipei Mayor.

An­other KMT can­di­date rated in the sur­vey was Leg­isla­tive Yuan Speaker Wang Jin- pyng ( ) . When re­spon­dents were asked to choose be­tween Tsai and Wang, Tsai was backed by 42 per­cent, while Wang re­ceived the sup­port of only 28 per­cent, a mar­gin of 14 per­cent.


Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen ( ) speaks at the DPP head­quar­ters yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing of­fi­cially nom­i­nated to rep­re­sent the party in the up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Al­li­son Carter/ TheTimesDaily via AP

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