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Taiwan's ruling party elects VP as new leader to spearhead revival

Lai to take the reins as questions swirl over his pro-independence stance

President Tsai Ing-wen, center, and Vice President Lai Ching-te, also known as William Lai, right, attend a New Year's flag-raising ceremony outside the Presidential Office Building in Taipei in this Taiwan Presidential Office handout released Jan. 1.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party chose Taiwanese Vice President Lai Ching-te as its new leader Sunday as it seeks to regain strength ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

He will take the party's reins from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who stepped down as the DPP's leader after its rout by the opposition Kuomintang in local elections this past November.

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