Tsai Ing-wen. Photo: Chan Long Hei/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa

TAIPEI: President Tsai Ing-wen took her oath of office at the Presidential Office on Wednesday and formally commenced her second four-year term as the president of Taiwan.

Tsai, 63, of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was sworn in at 9am in a simple ceremony that was broadcast on television and live streamed on social media.

Former Premier Lai Ching-te then was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Chen Chien-jen who had stepped down, Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) said.

No overseas dignitaries have been invited to attend the ceremony due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tsai won re-election in January by a 57-39 percent margin over Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT). – Bernama