William Lai says no to 2020 presidential bid

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 26, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) yesterday said he would not run for president in 2020 as he reaffirmed President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) performance and ability to re-elected.

In a radio interview, Lai, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party, said he would not join the next presidential election, denying Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) description of him as a likely candidate.

Ko’s comments were straightforward, but unfounded and there has been no discussion between us about the next presidential election, Lai said.

Lai said he would not join the Cabinet without seeing two major construction projects in his city finished: The reconstruction of the Weiguan Jinlong Complex, which collapsed in February last year during a major earthquake, and an underground railway project.    [FULL  STORY]

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