People First Party vice-presidential candidate Lin Ruey-shiung no longer holds United States citizenship, the Central Election Commission confirmed Wednesday. When registering as a candidate last month, Lin showed a letter from the US State Department claiming he had given up his US passport.
Since individuals with double nationality cannot run for public office in Taiwan, critics threw doubt on Lin’s eligibility to run in the January 14 election.
The CEC passed all required documents on to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for checks, and Wednesday it announced that all six presidential and vice-presidential candidates had passed the test.
Lin’s problems threatened to make things difficult for his running mate, PFP Chairman and presidential candidate James Soong. The ruling Kuomintang saw the PFP ticket as a threat because it could wean votes away, allowing the opposition Democratic Progressive Party to surpass KMT candidate President Ma Ying-jeou.