By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Academia Sinica Vice President Chen Chien-jen, the man widely touted to become Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s running mate, said Saturday the announcement of the choice was up to her.
On Friday, the Chinese-language Apple Daily said it was virtually certain that the popular former health minister would join Tsai, who has been leading opinion polls for the January 16 election for months.
Few DPP leaders, including Tsai, were willing to openly comment on the newspaper report, even though Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu, who officially heads the election campaign office, seemed to confirm it Saturday morning.
Chen Chien-jen himself appeared at a Christian speech event Saturday afternoon, where he faced a barrage of questions from the media. [FULL STORY]