EXPLANATION:Tsai Ing-wen said there was a need for a well-coordinated team to tackle the challenges facing Taiwan and communicate between levels of government
Date: Mar 04, 2016
By: Chen Hui-ping and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said she would “take
responsibility” for contradicting previous statements that the nation’s president should not also be head of the ruling party, comments she made in criticizing President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).
“The ongoing and changing political situation” and the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) new position as the majority party in the legislature made it necessary for her to double as president and DPP chairperson, she said at a news conference at the Hsinchu Science Park after she met with semiconductor industry officials.
DPP officials on Wednesday said that Tsai would remain as party leader after her inauguration on May 20, prompting journalists at the news conference to ask her about the shift in her stance.
Taiwan is beset by “comprehensive challenges,” and it would take “an efficient, well-coordinated team” to implement her platform, for which the DPP had made amendments to its party charter, she said. [FULL STORY]