New political situations necessitate her to double as party leader: Tsai

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-03-03
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwan’s president-elect Tsai Ing-wen said on Thursday that the reason for 6738868her decision to double as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson after her inauguration on May 20 is “to adapt to new political situations [we] face today,” ensuring that the situations of “partisan opinions overriding public opinions and one-person decision making” won’t happen during her administration.

Urged by Central Standing Committee member Kuan Bi-ling and other members on Wednesday, Tsai promised to stay on as DPP leader after she becomes Taiwan’s president on May 20.

However, digging out Tsai’s critical talks about a Taiwan president doubling as a party’s chairperson, critics question Tsai for eating her own words.

In response, Tsai said during her visit to the semi-conductor industry at the Hsinchu Science Park on Thursday, “Of course I have to bear the consequences for what I have said,” but Wednesday’s decision was made in order to “adapt to the new political situations [we] face.”     [FULL  STORY]

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