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Tsai runs for DPP chair, vows to rebuild trust, revitalize Taiwan

Tsai runs for DPP chair, vows to rebuild trust, revitalize Taiwan

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) The former chief of Taiwan's main opposition party Tsai Ing-wen announced her bid to run for the post again, saying on Saturday that the party and Taiwan's society need to "take a step forward" or be "eliminated" by the world. By running for the top post of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Tsai said she hopes to strengthen the trust that the public has of the party, and rebuild confidence in public institutions. Electoral victories, while important, must not be built "on the back of disappointments with the current administration, but on the expectations and hope that the public has of the DPP," she said at a press conference to declare her candidacy. The DPP therefore has to boldly embark on a transformation, said Tsai, who was party boss from 2008 to 2012. In the press conference, Tsai read a two-page statement before taking reporters' questions in the form of a chat over tea. The title of her statement was: "Rebuilding trust; Revitalize Taiwan." The same eight characters in Chinese also appeared on the podium. The party must be more future-oriented, more inclusive, and more proactive, Tsai said in her statement. She added that the DPP would also work to rebuild confidence in the party and formulate a new social contract between itself and the public. Most people feel that Taiwan is in "a quagmire" and the country is "crumbling," she said. What is even more worrying, she said, is the discovery that the people's trust in the political process and political parties has been steadily declining. Although it is a good thing to see the rise of social movements as a reflection of the people's anxiety and demand for change, it represents a robust challenge to the DPP as the major opposition party, she said. Both the times and the environment have changed, she said. "If we insist on living in the past, we would be eliminated by the world at large," said Tsai. By making the announcement, Tsai, 57, pitted herself against incumbent Su Tseng-chang, 66. Both are said to be interested in running for president in 2016. The party election will be held on May 25. Su has indicated that he will run for re-election. Another former party boss Frank Hsieh has also announced his bid for the post. Tsai stepped down as party chair in February 2012, after losing the presidential election to Ma Ying-jeou, who won back power for the Kuomintang four years earlier. The DPP's Chen Shui-bian served two four-year presidential terms from 2000 to 2008. In the morning press conference, Tsai did not address how she would handle Taiwan's delicate relationship with China or make specific proposals on how to spur Taiwan's slow-growing economy. (By Justin Su and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-03-08 03:35 GMT+08:00