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Gou's VP pick confirms loss of U.S. citizenship

10/19/2023 07:31 PM
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Tammy Lai (left), running mate of business tycoon Terry Gou (second left) in his bid for presidency, hold a birthday cake to mark the National Day during a rally in Taichung on Oct. 9, 2023. CNA file photo
Tammy Lai (left), running mate of business tycoon Terry Gou (second left) in his bid for presidency, hold a birthday cake to mark the National Day during a rally in Taichung on Oct. 9, 2023. CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Independent presidential contender Terry Gou's (郭台銘) running mate Tammy Lai (賴佩霞) said Thursday she has received notification confirming her loss of U.S. citizenship, in compliance with Taiwan's ban on dual-national candidates.

In a Facebook post, Lai said she obtained the Certificate of Loss of Nationality of the United States on Thursday afternoon -- 34 days after initiating the renunciation process on Sept. 15.

Lai was required to complete the renunciation process before the Nov. 24 registration deadline set by Taiwan's Central Election Commission (CEC) for candidates in Taiwan's presidential election, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 13.

Showing a copy of the certificate, Gou's office also confirmed the news in a press release, saying the certificate marks a significant step in their joint venture in the election.

The statement said Gou pledges to stand shoulder to shoulder with Lai, advocating for Taiwan until the very end.

Gou, founder of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., needs the signatures of 289,667, or 1.5 percent, of eligible voters in the 2020 presidential election by Nov. 2, and have them pass a review by the CEC to have his name included on the presidential ballot.

Gou announced on Oct. 6 that he has collected enough signatures to run in the January 2024 presidential election as an independent.

The results of the petitions will be announced by the CEC on Nov. 14.

Should Gou successfully secure a spot on the ballot, he will run against three other presidential candidates: New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜), Chairman of the Taiwan People's Party Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and the incumbent Vice President and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chair, Lai Ching-te (賴清德).

(By Chung Yu-chen)

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