William Lai or President Tsai? DPP prepares to choose its nominee for president
By: Duncan Deaeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰), addressed media and party supporters on Wednesday following the announcement by former Premier William Lai that he would challenge presidential incumbent Tsai Ing-wen for the party’s presidential nomination.
Cho declared that the party’s candidate nomination process is reliable, and he urged the party away from factionalism ahead of the DPP nomination announcement which is expected in early to mid-April.
William Lai’s announcement on Monday, March 18, that he would challenge Tsai for the nomination, has generated some unease among the DPP and their supporters.
Despite a recent poll which suggests that Lai performs well when matched against either Tsai or Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je in popularity, Tsai’s support in the DPP remains strong, with 36 out of 68 sitting DPP national legislators signaling their continued support for Tsai Ing-wen to remain in her office. [FULL STORY]