By: Shih Hsiu-chuan
Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Friday that he will step down from the post “when the time is right” to take political responsibility for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP’s) rousting in Nov. 24 local government elections.
“Taking political responsibility is the supreme value of democracy that no one should ever go against. I am a person who preaches ‘long live democracy,'” Lai said in a press conference at the Executive Yuan.
Pressed with questions about whether he has considered it to be a right timing when the Legislature breaks for a recess in January or running for president in 2020, Lai didn’t elaborate.
The legislative session is scheduled to end Dec. 31, but an extra session is likely to be held in January if the 2019 budget bill is not passed by the end of this session.