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Taiwan's Tsai throws hat in ring for faceoff within ruling party

DPP nomination at stake as ex-Premier Lai takes stronger pro-independence stance

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen attends a ceremony to sign up for the Democratic Progressive Party's 2020 presidential candidate nomination in Taipei on March 21.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday registered for the Democratic Progressive Party's presidential primary, setting up a contest with former Premier Lai Ching-te ahead of next year's elections.

Lai, also known as William Lai, is a more vocal advocate of an independent Taiwan separate from China. He unexpectedly registered Monday. Lai served as premier under Tsai but stepped down a few months ago in the wake of the ruling DPP's crushing defeat in local elections.

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