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Lai Ching-te sworn in as Taiwan’s 16th-term president

Reporter Amy Hsin-Hsiang Chen
Release time:2024/05/20 17:31
Last update time:2024/05/20 19:09
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TAIPEI (TVBS News) — Lai Ching-te (賴清德) was inaugurated as the fifth popularly elected president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Monday (May 20), marking a significant milestone for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as it embarks on its third consecutive term.

"I do solemnly and sincerely swear before the people of the whole country that I will observe the Constitution, faithfully perform my duties, promote the welfare of the people, safeguard the security of the State, and will in no way betray the people's trust," Lai said in front of the painting of the nation's founder, Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

 

The ceremony, attended by outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and other dignitaries, underscored the peaceful transition of power, with Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) also taking office.

This event highlights the DPP's unprecedented third term since Taiwan's first direct presidential election in 1996 and showcases Lai's rise from vice president to the nation's highest office.

A New Era for Taiwan
 
The inauguration displayed Taiwan's robust democracy, with Legislative Speaker Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) presenting President Lai with the great seal of the nation.

This act symbolized the transfer of presidential power in the presence of 51 groups and 508 foreign dignitaries, including representatives from the 12 countries that maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

Lai's appointment of key officials, including Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) as premier, further solidifies his administration's foundation as it prepares to navigate the challenges ahead.

Challenges and Expectations
Despite winning the presidency with about 40 percent of the vote on Jan. 13, Lai and Hsiao's victory came when the DPP lost its majority in the Legislature to the KMT.

This political shift sets the stage for a challenging term, during which collaboration and negotiation with the opposition will be crucial for governance. The new administration's ability to address domestic and international issues will be closely watched by supporters and critics alike.

As Taiwan enters this new chapter under President Lai Ching-te's leadership, the focus will be on how the DPP navigates the complexities of maintaining economic stability, ensuring national security, and strengthening international relationships.

The inauguration not only represents a continuation of the DPP's governance but also a test of its resilience and adaptability in the face of evolving political landscapes.
 
 

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#Taiwan politics#Lai Ching-te#DPP Taiwan#Taiwan president#ROC inauguration#Taiwan democracy#Tsai Ing-wen#Taiwan presidential election 2023#Taiwan-China relations#Lai Ching-te administration challenges

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