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Reform-minded former DPP chairman urged to rejoin party

Reform-minded former DPP chairman urged to rejoin party

Taipei, July 18 (CNA) Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung was urged Sunday to rejoin the opposition party to help it win the crucial mayoral elections of five special municipalities to be held in November.
The DPP passed a resolution at a party congress Sunday to invite Lin to join the DPP again so that he could serve as a standard-bearer of clean leadership to help the DPP win the hotly contested elections.
"Lin's name denotes impartiality, devotion, integrity and Taiwan-centric consciousness, " said DPP heavyweight Chen Chin-de after submitting a provisional proposal on the invitation.
"The DPP will stand a better chance to win the elections if candidates campaign under the banner of these values," he contended.
Lin withdrew from politics nearly 10 years ago after helping the DPP win the 2000 presidential race that marked Taiwan's first-ever peaceful transition of power between different political parties.
Chen said he did not consult Lin before submitting the proposal and does not know if Lin would be interested in the idea.
Lin, who stumped for DPP Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Chen Chu in December 2006 out of friendship, has already consented to be honorary campaign manager for Chen Chu in her mayoral bid for the new Kaohsiung municipality and for Su Jia-chyuan in his mayoral bid in Taichung.
He has also promised to serve as campaign manager of former Premier Su Tseng-chang, who is representing the DPP in the Taipei City mayoral race.
(By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Emmanuelle Tzeng and Deborah Kuo)




Updated : 2021-06-25 01:41 GMT+08:00