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DPP chairmanship debate focuses on taking back power in 2016

DPP chairmanship debate focuses on taking back power in 2016

The first of three televised debates amid the five candidates struggling for the chairmanship of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) opened yesterday, with all of the candidates focusing on strategies to help the party take back regime in 2016.
The five candidates are former DPP legislator Chai Trong-rong, former Tainan County magis-trate Su Huan-chih, former DPP Chairman Hsu Hsin-liang, former Vice Premier Wu Rong-iand former Premier Su Tseng-chang.
Hsu, the first to speak in the televised debate, said former party chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen will have to run again for president if the DPP is to win in 2016.
But first, the DPP will need to win the seven-in-one local elections in 2014, Hsu said. To accomplish that, the party will need good candidates and policies, as well as an unselfish, responsible and wise person like himself at the helm, he said.
Su Huan-chih, who spoke after Hsu, said the DPP will be able to win the 2014 elections and safeguard Taiwan only if it is a united party.
The former Tainan County magistrate reiterated that he would not run in the 2014 or 2016 elections if he wins the chairmanship and he promised to provide a fair platform for all DPP candidates wishing to compete in those polls.
In turn, Su Tseng-chang said there are three main obstacles the DPP must overcome if it wishes to resume power in 2016, namely its weak support in northern Taiwan against the ruling Kuomintang, its low percentage of local government seats, and its strength of less than 50 percent of seats in Legislature.
In order to tackle these challenges, Su said, he will strengthen DPP’s influence in the local governments.
Chai Trong-rong said the party must strengthen its communications with the United States and gain that country’s support if the DPP is to win the 2016 presidential election.
He also said the DPP should maintain its commitment to preserving the Taiwan identity and safeguarding Taiwan’s de facto independence.
Wu Rong-I, the only candidate among the five with an economics doctorate degree, said the DPP needs a chairman with actual experience in dealing with international trade issues.
He also said many DPP members have experience in dealing with issues such as U.S. beef imports, avian flu, and hikes in fuel and electricity prices.
He said he will utilize these talents to help his party win the 2016 presidential election.


Updated : 2021-09-22 14:51 GMT+08:00