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
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.