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DPP's Tsai reiterates idea of coalition government

DPP's Tsai reiterates idea of coalition government

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) Tsai Ing-wen, the presidential candidate of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), reiterated Sunday a proposal to form a coalition government if she is elected. At a rally in Tainan City on the last weekend before the election, Tsai said she would not necessarily choose a DPP member to head the Cabinet and she would form a government through consultation with other parties. She also dismissed speculations that her proposed coalition government would suffer the same fate as the DPP's attempt in 2000 to reach across the aisle. At the time, the newly elected DPP president Chen Shui-bian appointed Tang Fei, a former defense minister and a Kuomintang (KMT) member, as premier but Tang resigned some 100 days later, citing health reasons. Tsai said the DPP was relatively inexperienced in 2000 and the society was psychologically unprepared for a new ruling party. After 12 years of political divisions and confrontations, the people of Taiwan are longing for a government that will bring tolerance and harmony to society, she said. Tsai said she would create a new political culture in Taiwan, recruiting the best qualified people for her administration, regardless of party affiliation. The biggest responsibility of the country's president is to stabilize the domestic political and economic situation and cross-Taiwan Strait relations, she said. Tsai said that if elected, she would hold dialogue with the speaker of the new Legislature, and all political parties on major issues and the annual budgets. However, James Soong, presidential candidate of the People First Party (PFP), said in New Taipei the same day that he is the only person in the three-way race -- among him, Tsai and President Ma Ying-jeou -- who is capable of forming a coalition government. Meanwhile, KMT legislator Wu Yu-sheng said a day earlier that Tsai's proposal is nothing more than an election gimmick that even her own party members would not support. But DPP legislative caucus whip Tsai Huang-liang said the spirit of the initiative is to consult with all political parties national issues. The DPP would not adopt a "winner takes all" attitude, he said, adding that no one in the party will oppose the idea. (By Lin Shen-hsu, Sunrise Huang, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Jamie Wang)


Updated : 2021-06-20 17:51 GMT+08:00