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William Lai
49th Premier of the Republic of China
In office
8 September 2017 – 14 January 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen
Vice Premier Shih Jun-ji
Preceded by Lin Chuan
Succeeded by Su Tseng-chang
Mayor of Tainan
In office
25 December 2010 – 7 September 2017
Deputy Hsu He-chun
Preceded by Hsu Tain-tsair
Succeeded by Li Meng-yen (acting)
Huang Wei-cher
Member of the Legislative Yuan
In office
15 April 1999 – 7 December 2010
Constituency Tainan City, 2nd ward
Personal details
Born 6 October 1959 (1959-10-06) (age 62)
Wanli, Taiwan
Political party Democratic Progressive Party
Education National Taiwan University (BS)
National Cheng Kung University (MD)
Harvard University (MPH)
William Lai
Traditional Chinese 賴淸德 /

Lai Ching‑te (born 6 October 1959), also known by his English name William Ching‑te Lai, is a Taiwanese politician. He was a legislator in the Legislative Yuan from 1999 to 2010, and as Mayor of Tainan from 2010 to 2017, before taking office as Premier of the Republic of China.

On 24 November 2018, he announced his intention to resign from the premiership after the Democratic Progressive Party suffered a major defeat in local elections, and left office on 14 January 2019.

Lai is a candidate for Vice President of the Republic of China and the running mate of President Tsai Ing-wen in the 2020 Taiwan presidential election.

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