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05/20/2024 08:53 AM
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Taipei, May 20 (CNA) Celebrations were held to mark the inauguration of Lai Ching-te (賴清德) as the fifth directly elected president of the Republic of China, Taiwan's official name, including street performances and a military display in Taipei on Monday morning.

The series of events scheduled for the inauguration day began at 9 a.m., when the official swearing-in ceremony takes place at the Presidential Office in Taipei.

Source: Presidential Office
President Lai Ching-te (center), Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim (right) and former President Tsai Ing-wen greet the public following the swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Office in Taipei Monday. CNA photo May 20, 2024
President Lai Ching-te (center), Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim (right) and former President Tsai Ing-wen greet the public following the swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Office in Taipei Monday. CNA photo May 20, 2024
CNA photo May 20, 2024
CNA photo May 20, 2024

Performances organized by the General Association of Chinese Culture then took place on Chongqing South Road in front of the Presidential Office building, followed by a military gun salute and the singing of the national anthem at 10:55 a.m., after which Lai will deliver his inauguration address.

The morning's celebrations concluded with a fly-past by the Air Force's Thunder Tigers Aerobatic Team.

An inauguration day state banquet will start at 6:30 p.m. in Tainan, southern Taiwan, where Lai served as mayor from 2010-2017.

(By Kay Liu)

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CNA photo May 20, 2024
CNA photo May 20, 2024
President Lai Ching-te (in blue suit) and Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim (right) cheer and dance during the final performance of the inauguration day ceremony in Taipei Monday. CNA photo May 20, 2024
President Lai Ching-te (in blue suit) and Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim (right) cheer and dance during the final performance of the inauguration day ceremony in Taipei Monday. CNA photo May 20, 2024

Update

May 20

U.S., Japan congratulate Lai on his inauguration as president

● Lai underscores democracy, 'four-pillar plan' for defense, diplomacy

● Lai urges Beijing to recognize ROC, calls for dialogue at inauguration

● Full text of President Lai Ching-te's inaugural address

● Lai Ching-te sworn in as Republic of China president

CNA photo May 20, 2024
CNA photo May 20, 2024
President Lai Ching-te (left) and Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim (in white). CNA photo May 2024
President Lai Ching-te (left) and Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim (in white). CNA photo May 2024
CNA photo May 20, 2024
CNA photo May 20, 2024

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