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DPP recruits candidate for Miaoli by-election

DPP recruits candidate for Miaoli by-election

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has decided to recruit at-large legislator Wu Yi-chen to run in a legislative by-election in Miaoli County on Feb. 7, after a student activist withdrew from the race last week. Su Jia-chyuan, convener of the DPP's election strategy commission, confirmed the decision Monday, saying the party has gained the understanding of civic organizations, which had wanted one of their representatives to run in the by-election. Also, the DPP's chapter and executive members in the northern county have said they unanimously support Wu to run in the race, Su added. The DPP had planned to endorse Chen Wei-ting, one of the student leaders of the Sunflower Movement that occupied the Legislative Yuan in March to protest a trade-in-services pact with China, and not field a candidate of its own in the upcoming Miaoli poll. The 24-year-old graduate student withdrew from the race last Thursday, however, after it was discovered that he had sexually harassed at least three women since his senior high school days. If Wu wins the by-election, her legislator-at-large seat will be filled by the first person on the DPP's list of candidates for such positions, Su said. Wu said on her Facebook page that she was willing to step aside and give the opportunity to a more suitable person. "A soldier has no right to pick battlefields," she said, "I will cooperate with the party headquarters' operations if it recruits me," suggesting she would agree to run in the by-election.
(By Sophia Yeh, Kuan Ruei-ping and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-03-05 09:25 GMT+08:00