Inauguration ceremony gifts, logos, and proceedings unveiled

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 11 May, 2020
By: Leslie Liao

Officials say Tsai Ing-wen’s inauguration on May 20 will be streamlined

How do you celebrate an inauguration during a pandemic? Taiwan is about to find out. President Tsai Ing-wen’s is scheduled for May 20. But proceedings have been streamlined to put a priority on the health of participants.

Wet-wipes, hand cream, and a bar of Taiwan-shaped soap… these are not the typical inauguration gifts in Taiwan. But for guests at this year’s ceremony, it’s the perfect reminder of the country’s number one priority in the time of coronavirus: disease prevention. 

Another change you’ll see this year: a more streamlined inauguration. In lieu of the lavish events and large crowds of the past, the presidential office is going for a more intimate setting, only inviting 200 people to attend. Even the customary inaugural banquet has been cancelled.

On the morning of May 20, President Tsai will be sworn in at the presidential office. She will then move across the street to the Taipei Guest House where she will give an address. 

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