Vice president not running with Tsai

DREAM TEAM? Chen Chien-jen’s move paved the way for a Tsai-Lai ticket, and he should be applauded at this ‘critical juncture,’ DPP Legislator Chen Ming-wen said

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 30, 2019
By: Lee Hsin-fang and Chen Yun  /  Staff reporters

ice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) yesterday announced that he would not be

President Tsai Ing-wen, front row left, and Vice President Chen Chien-jen, front row right, and the presidents of the five branches of government, second row, pay their respects at the Martyrs’ Shrine in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) running mate in next year’s presidential election, adding that it was the “best decision” he could make for the president and the nation.

In an open letter on Facebook, Chen said that by next year he would have completed what he had signed up for when he agreed to join the Tsai administration almost four years ago.

To help the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) remain in power, ensure the survival of Taiwan’s sovereignty and transform the economy, the party needs to unite to give Tsai its support, he said.

It has been a pleasure to take on the responsibility of reform, which has not been an easy path, but the criticism the DPP has faced in the more than three years since it won power were a necessary price to pay for reform, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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