By: Stacy Hsu
Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Former Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) urged members and supporters of the rulingDemocratic Progressive Party (DPP) Thursday to throw their support behind President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) after his defeat in the party's presidential primary.
Speaking to reporters in Tainan after learning of the result of the DPP's primary polls, which were released earlier that day, Lai apologized to his supporters for failing to be the one to lead the DPP to fight the upcoming election.
"But history will remember that when Taiwan is facing grave challenges and when the DPP is at its most difficult moment, we did not back down and instead courageously shouldered the burden," Lai said.
The primary not only represented a new page in Taiwan's democratic history, but has also boosted the DPP's morale, he said. [FULL STORY]