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China Times: DPP's degeneration

China Times: DPP's degeneration

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) approved Wednesday an application by jailed former President Chen Shui-bian to rejoin the party. The move is tantamount to allowing the DPP to wallow in the mire with Chen and shatters the last shred of hope held by DPP voters. Chen's readmission to the DPP is completely unjustifiable. The former president was found guilty in various corruption cases in which he was involved during his eight-year presidency, and majority public opinion does not think he was wrongfully convicted. Most importantly, he has never apologized for his crimes. According to DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling, who headed a panel to review the application, the decision to readmit Chen was made in consideration of the feelings of the former president, who is suffering from serious depression. Also, she said, the party's Central Standing Committee had previously confirmed Chen's qualifications for rejoining the party. Kuan's explanation is a lot of complete nonsense. What does Chen's disease have to do with the case? Whereas the DPP's Central Standing Committee and Central Evaluation Committee are supposed to have the final say in the case, the party leadership chose to leave the decision to the review panel. This is a way in which DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang can evade his responsibility. No wonder DPP heavyweight Lin Cho-shui described Chen's return as a "very shameful record" for a party with ideals and "a nightmare" for anyone hoping to represent the DPP in the 2016 presidential election. In other words, the DPP's decision to readmit Chen is of questionable legitimacy and reflects a lack of wisdom. (Editorial abstract -- Aug. 15, 2013) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-01-18 03:32 GMT+08:00