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Presidential candidates present platforms on TV show

Staff writer, with CNA

The three presidential candidates last night took part in a televised presentation of their political platforms.

The event was organized by the Central Election Commission for them to detail their tickets’ agendas.

Each candidate was given 30 minutes to present their statements, going in order according to a pre-show draw.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫) was first to speak.

Chu proposed that the party holding a majority in the new legislature, which is to be inaugurated on Feb. 1, should be allowed to form a new Cabinet.

Chu said that, if elected, he would form a coalition government and deliver a national report to the legislature each year, adding that he has advocated on many occasions that the nation should establish such a constitutional convention for the Cabinet.

He said the many policies he put forth during this presidential campaign have not received any response from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), adding that this has left many voters doubting whether the DPP is well prepared.

Speaking next, Tsai said that she would issue an official apology to Aborigines on behalf of the government.

Tsai said she would encourage the children of new immigrants to learn their parents’ languages.

Admitting that the DPP has not done well enough in its approach to Chinese, Tsai said if a party makes a certain ethnic group feel anxious and threatened, then the party should reconsider its approach.

People First Party presidential candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜) said the KMT and the DPP only know how to bicker with each other, adding that although they are in office or had been, the more reforms they have promoted, the worse the results are.

Soong said it is easy for a candidate to present a campaign platform, but the point lies in whether one can really carry out campaign pledges.

He called on voters to support him, “a leader with competency to get things done and implement reforms.”

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