By: Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, April 21 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) exchanged verbal shots on
democracy and the economy with business tycoon Terry Gou (郭台銘), who is seeking the opposition Kuomintang’s (KMT) nomination in the 2020 presidential race.
Tsai, who is facing a major challenge within her own Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for its nomination in the presidential election, hit back at Gou after he said recently that “you cannot eat democracy,” branding him as someone who does not understand democratic values.
Democracy is the value that Taiwan’s people have gained after more than 50 years of effort, and without it the Taiwan that makes people feel proud does not exist, she said in a Facebook post Sunday.
“We have never ignored the economy because of democracy,” she said, stressing that the “responsibility of a responsible political figure” is enabling people to build a better life under a free and democratic system and that presidential candidates in a democratic nation had to have democratic credentials. [FULL STORY]