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Televised presidential debate to be held Dec. 30

12/08/2023 10:19 PM
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Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) A televised debate featuring Taiwan's three candidates in the Jan. 13 presidential election will be held at Public Television Service (PTS) headquarters at 2 p.m. on Dec. 30.

According to a PTS Facebook post on Friday, the 150-minute debate will follow a format similar to that of past presidential debates.

Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT), and Taiwan People's Party (TPP) Chairman Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) will first make statements, in that order.

They will also take five questions posed by media outlets and then ask each other questions, PTS said.

Meanwhile, the debate for vice president candidates is slated for 2 p.m. on Jan. 1, pending confirmation from Ko's campaign.

The debate will start with the DPP's Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), followed by the TPP's Wu Hsin-ying (吳欣盈) and the KMT's Jaw Shau-kong (趙少康). They will then take questions from four media representatives.

Both debates will be moderated by PTS Chairman Hu Yuan-hui (胡元輝) and broadcast across TV, radio and online platforms.

In addition to the debates, there will be three televised policy presentations for the presidential candidates -- at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2 p.m. on Dec. 26 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 28.

The presentations are not debates. They simply give candidates the chance to present their policies over three rounds in which each candidate has 10 minutes to speak.

A similar presentation will be held by the vice presidential candidates at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22, according to the Central Election Commission (CEC).

(By Huang Jui-hung and Lee Hsin-Yin)


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