DPP primary results available on April 17 at earliest

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/23
By: Yu Hsiang, Yeh Su-ping and Lee Hsin-Yin

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will postpone its

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and Lai Ching-te (賴清德)/CNA file photo

process for nominating a presidential candidate by a week because President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who intends to run for re-election, is currently on an overseas trip.

Tsai, who has fared poorly in recent opinion polls when matched against potential 2020 election opponents, is being challenged for the DPP nomination by former Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德).

DPP Secretary-General Lo Wen-jia (羅文嘉) said Saturday that if a solution to settle the issue through negotiations is not found by April 12, a primary based on opinion polls will be initiated.

Lo said a policy platform presentation could be broadcast on TV on either on April 13 or 14 and opinion polls would be conducted between April 15 and 17, meaning that the results could be available April 17-18 and a nominee could be decided by April 24.

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