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DPP steps up election campaign with 'Super Sunday' rallies

DPP steps up election campaign with 'Super Sunday' rallies

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) staged campaign rallies in Taiwan on Sunday evening, appealing to voters to give the country a new start when they go to the polls on Jan. 14 to elect a president. After canvassing in central Taiwan during the day, DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, 55, said at a rally in New Taipei City that a vote for her will give Taiwan "a new start." Earlier in the day at a rally in Taichung, central Taiwan, Tsai vowed to make Taichung a second capital of Taiwan, if she is elected. Tsai said she would relocate the Legislature to Taichung and make the city another political and commercial center in Taiwan. At another rally in Taipei, the DPP drew an estimated 100,000 supporters that swarmed a 300-meter section of Linsen North Road near Shandao Temple MRT Station. Honking horns and cheering, the participants waved campaign flags to show their support for the DPP candidates. "Taiwan needs change," Luo Chia-wei told CNA. "Tsai Ing-wen can definitely do better than her rival President Ma Ying-jeou." Luo, who brought his family to the rally, said he and his wife voted for Ma of the Kuomintang in 2008, but will not do so this year. "Taiwan's economy has worsened and the wealth gap has widened," he said, adding that he was "very disappointed" at the 61-year-old Ma, who is seeking re-election. The rally also provided an opportunity for the party's legislative candidates to step up their campaigns on the last weekend before the Jan. 14 presidential and legislative elections. The DPP is planning to stage campaign rallies on the last three nights before the elections, with the first in Kaohsiung on Jan. 11, followed by Taichung on Jan. 12 and New Taipei City on Jan. 13. The KMT also staged a major rally in Taipei Sunday, attracting an estimated 250,000 supporters. People First Party Chairman James Soong, who is also running for president, was campaigning in Hualien on Sunday. (By Jamie Wang and James Lee)