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Running mates of three presidential candidates not from same parties

2015/11/18 18:04:54

From left: Hsu Hsin-ying, Wang Ju-hsuan and Chen Chien-jen.

Taipei, Nov. 18 (CNA) After the three presidential candidates introduced their running mates for the Jan. 16 , 2016 presidential elections this week, it has been noted that none of them come from their partners' respective parties, the first such occurrence in Taiwan's election history.

On Wednesday, Eric Chu (朱立倫), chairman of the ruling Kuomintang and the party's presidential candidate, announced his running mate as Wang Ju-hsuan (王如玄), a former labor minister who has no party affiliation.

Chu said that Wang has long been concerned about issues related to women and labor rights, as well as care of the underpriviledged, which could be "complementary" to his own financial and economic background.

Earlier that day, James Soong (宋楚瑜), chairman of the opposition People First Party and its presidential candidate, named Hsu Hsin-ying (徐欣瑩), chairwoman of the newly formed Minkuotang, because of his ideal of forming a coalition government comprising the PFP and the Minkuotang.

Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), chairwoman of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its presidential candidate, announced earlier in the week that Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), vice president of Academia Sinica, would be her running mate.

Chen, who like Wang has no party affiliation, previously served as head of the Department of Health under the Ejecutive Yuan and the National Science Council and is credited for his part in the campaign against the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Taiwan in 2003.

As a layman in election terms, Chen emerged because he poses no threat to the interests of the various DPP factions, sources have said.

(By Lilian Wu)