Taiwan President-elect Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President-elect Chen Chien-jen will take their oaths of office on 20 May 2016. The inauguration ceremony will be streamed live on the website of the Presidential Office, YouTube, and Hievent. The ceremony is expected to start at 9 am Taiwan Time (GMT+8). Tsai’s inauguration speech is expected to outline her vision for governing the country as well as how her government plans to handle cross-strait relationship. Delegations from around the world have already arrived in Taipei and will attend a state banquet on the same day.
Tsai Ing-wen, 59, is the current chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party, which holds majority in the Legislative Yuan. She is the first female and fourth person to be directly elected to the office of the President of the Republic of China, after Lee Teng-hui (1988-2000), Chen Shui-bian (2000-2008), and Ma Ying-jeou (2008-2016). Dr. Tsai is single, but has two cats and will be adopting three retired service dogs, all Labradors.