President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), among others, will attend a New Year's Day national flag-raising ceremony, to be held in front of the Presidential Office.
This will be the first time Ma has attended the event in his capacity as leader of the opposition party.
According to the KMT, Ma will head a group of party officials attending the ceremony early this morning.
KMT leaders have rarely joined in the New Year's Day national flag-raising ceremony since the Democratic Progressive Party took power in 2000, apart from 2004, when then-KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) attended with several other pan blue legislators.
Following the flag-raising ceremony, the president will give a New Year's Day address at the Presidential Office before heading to Banciao, Taipei County, to travel on the High Speed Rail to Taichung, which is aimed at raising public confidence in the High Speed Rail.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) will not attend the ceremony as both are taking part in a charity event.