Polls Are Open as Taiwan’s President Tries to Fend Off Primary Challenger

President Tsai Ing-wen is locked in a fierce primary battle with her former premier, William Lai.

The Diploma
Date: June 11, 2019
By: Nick Aspinwall

Polling companies in Taiwan are making calls to landlines and cell phones to determine whether President Tsai

Image Credit: Office of the President, ROC (Taiwan)

Ing-wen will see off an unprecedented primary challenge from her former premier, William Lai.

A public opinion poll began on Tuesday to ask 15,000 voters, regardless of party affiliation, to choose the presidential nominee of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) by indicating their preferences in hypothetical head-to-head matchups with two leading opposition candidates, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT) and independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je.

A party official said Tuesday the result of the poll is expected to be announced on Thursday afternoon.

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Tsai, who is in her first term as president, announced she would seek a second term during a February interview with CNN. However, her campaign was thrown into disarray when Lai, who served as her premier until his resignation in January, surprisingly announced his entry into the race.    [FULL  STORY]

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