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President-elect to apologize to aboriginal people Aug. 1

2016/01/26 21:54:01

Taipei, Jan. 26 (CNA) President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday that she will apologize to the country's aboriginal people in her capacity as president on Aug. 1.

Tsai, who will assume the presidency on May 20, said several times during her presidential campaign that aboriginal people have experienced different rulers and foreign immigrants in the past, and are at a disadvantage in terms of economy, education and health.

This is oppression and inequality caused by history, Tsai said, adding that this is the reason for the apology she will make.

She made the remarks during a visit to Taitung in eastern Taiwan to express appreciation for the support for her and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the presidential and legislative elections.

DPP Legislator-elect Chen Ying (陳瑩), who accompanied Tsai on the thank-you tour, said she will surely remind Tsai to apologize to the aboriginal people on Aug. 1, which is Indigenous Peoples' Day and therefore an especially significant day to say sorry.

Tsai also said that after taking office in May, she will make it a priority to solve the problem of traffic inconvenience in eastern Taiwan. Tsai noted that she had to travel to Taitung from Hualien by train that afternoon and had to take the train to return to Taipei that night.

(By Tyson Lu and Lilian Wu)