Tsai Ing-wen Throws Hat in the Ring for 2016

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman and 2012 presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen declared on a February 14 Facebook post that she would seek to run for the presidency under the DPP banner in the 2016 election.

Tsai had long been considered the likely candidate to represent the opposition DPP as it attempts to maintain momentum following last November’s elections in which its candidates and allies took six out of the nine major mayoral positions at stake. As popular Tainan mayor William Lai and former DPP party chair Su Tseng-chang have both declared that they will not run, Tsai is so far the only candidate in the party’s forthcoming primary election. The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) is not expected to nominate a candidate until mid-year.