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DPP legislators split on 2020 presidential nominee
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers are divided on supporting a 2020 re-election run by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), DPP Legislator Huang Kuo-shu (黃國書) said on Monday.
Some legislators are backing Premier William Lai (賴清德), who is rumored to be set to resign from his current post, as the party’s 2020 presidential nominee, with failed Kaohsiung mayoral candidate and former DPP legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) as his running mate, said Huang, according to the Taipei Times.
Tsai’s approval ratings have shrunk since her 2016 ascent to the country’s top office as she has received criticism from pro-independence advocates within the DPP, while the independence-leaning Lai remains popular within the party and among the public. Chen has enjoyed a surge in popularity since losing the Kaohsiung mayoral race to insurgent Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜).
Some of Tsai’s supporters are pushing for Lai to become Tsai’s 2020 running mate. DPP Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) said a ticket of Tsai Ing-wen and Lai would make a “golden combination.” [FULL STORY]