Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday formally announced that former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) will be his running mate in next year's presidential election.
Hsieh said Su agreed to his invitation during a telephone conversation on Tuesday night.
"Former premier Su told me that he was willing to respond to the public's expectations and shoulder the historical responsibility of being my running mate," Hsieh said at press conference at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport shortly after his return from a trip to Singapore and Indonesia.
Hsieh had been tight-lipped about who would be his running mate, even though former vice premier Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭), a Hakka who enjoys support from local Hakka groups, had repeatedly expressed her interest in the position.
Hsieh expressed his gratitude to Yeh yesterday, adding that she had been "selfless" during his search for a running mate.
"In the future, we will trust her with an important position so as to live up to the expectations of the Hakka supporters," he said.
"I advocate reform as well as reconciliation and coexistence," Hsieh said.
"I believe it is impossible for Taiwan to make breakthroughs in the international arena without solidarity at home," he said.
Hsieh said although there had been conflict within the DPP during its presidential primary, the party is now cooperating smoothly.
"The promotion of coexistence should start from ourselves ... after I win the presidential election, I will also cooperate with [Chinese Nationalist Party presidential candidate] Ma Ying-jeou (
The DPP's Central Standing Committee unanimously passed a resolution supporting the Hsieh-Su ticket yesterday.
Yeh, who endorsed the resolution, said Hsieh had informed her of his decision, and that she would campaign for Hsieh.
Meanwhile, in Tainan County yesterday, Ma said: "I am ready to face any challenges, no matter who the DPP presidential pair is."
Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih