Taiwan President to run for re-election in 2020

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/19/2019 12:50:10 PM IST

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday said that she will run for re-election as the island’s leader in 2020, despite her flagging popularity and growing hostility from Beijing.

Tsai revealed her plans in an exclusive interview with CNN while aboard her presidential plane, saying she wanted to “complete” her vision for Taiwan.

“It’s natural that any sitting president wants to do more for the country and wants to finish things on his or her agenda,” she said.

Tsai was the first woman to be elected leader of the self-governed democratic island in 2016, sweeping to power amid promises to overhaul the economy and lessen Taiwan’s reliance on mainland China.

But two years later, her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered major losses during local elections in 2018, prompting her to resign as chairwoman of the party. 

Across the island, her party lost by almost 10 per cent of the vote.

Since then, she has faced calls from senior members of her own party to not seek re-election. 

But despite the criticism, Tsai told CNN that she was “confident” in her ability to win.

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