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Tsai to declare presidential bid

CHALLENGE:While Tsai Ing-wen is expected to easily edge out Annette Lu in the party primary, she may also have to compete with Su Tseng-chang and Frank Hsieh

By Vincent Y. Chao  /  Staff Reporter

There are indications that Tsai’s announcement, which she is expected to be make at 10am, has weeks of planning behind it, from the carefully crafted invitations to the sudden departure of some DPP staff for her campaign office that was finalized last week.

The invitation to the announcement at National Taiwan University Hospital’s International Convention Center reads: “Let us carry the heavy burden and set out from spring to welcome the time of the next difficult challenge.”

Sources close to Tsai’s campaign said she had likely made her decision early last week, although exploratory planning for the bid had taken place much earlier.

Tsai remained tight-lipped on the matter, even as she met with party heavyweights on Wednesday. Her decision could ruffle feathers within the party, as some members had hoped additional meetings between senior officials would be held before a contender was announced.

The official declaration will come just five days after Tsai invited other potential DPP presidential candidates to meet at party headquarters to reiterate the need for party unity and to avoid the damaging standoff of the 2008 campaign.

How Tsai reconciles calls for party unity with the need to further her own campaign in the party primary will be one of her most pressing tasks in the weeks ahead, DPP sources said.

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