Taipei, President Tsai Ingwen and former Premier Lai Chingte have met and discussed their positions on the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) nomination of its candidate in the 2020 presidential election, the party's chairman said Monday.
Lai's unexpected challenge of Tsai for the DPP's presidential nomination could result in a primary that DPP officials fear could split the party, and efforts are being made to convince them to run on the same ticket or for one of the two to abandon their bids.
The party assembled a fivemember team to try to find common ground between Tsai and Lai and arrange a meeting between the two.
On Monday the two finally met, confirmed DPP Chairman Cho Jungtai but apparently neither was in the mood for compromise as the deadline for a resolution to the issue move closer.
Tsai and Lai clearly expressed their thoughts and stances to each other during the onehour meeting, also attended by Presidential Office SecretaryGeneral Chen and DPP caucus whip Ker Chienming Cho said.
Chen, Ker and Cho are members of the mediation team, which also includes Premier Su Tsengchang and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wentsan
Asked for specifics on what was discussed, Cho refused to elaborate, saying only that mediation efforts will continue.
When asked about his meeting with Tsai, Lai reaffirmed that his sense of mission toward the land and its people has never changed, nor has his determination to run in a primary.
The DPP has said that if mediation efforts failed by April 12, a primary based on opinion polls would be initiated.
The candidates would present their views to the public on April 13 and 14, and opinion polls will be conducted April 1517 to select the DPP's candidate for president.
The DPP is expected to announce its nominee by April 24.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel