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DPP leader to talk to social movements as new parties emerge

DPP leader to talk to social movements as new parties emerge

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said she would talk to social movements over the next few months as several new political groups emerged Tuesday.
Tsai is virtually certain to become the DPP’s presidential candidate in April for elections expected next January.
She reportedly said she was open to cooperation with social movements and other forces in the run-up to the presidential elections, which will be combined with legislative elections.
Contacts and talks would be held within the next two months, she reportedly said. The DPP and Tsai in particular supported the wave of social activism which hit Taiwan over the past year, though on the electoral scene, new groups might try and win votes from the party’s traditional support groups.
Tsai spoke on the day that young activists announced a bid for seats at the Legislative Yuan, four lawmakers announced a new caucus and reports emerged of another new political party being planned.
During the morning, Freddy Lim, the singer of rock band Chthonic, announced he would stand for a seat at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei City’s Daan and Wenshan districts, traditionally seen as a Kuomintang stronghold, while Hung Tzu-yung, the sister of conscript Hung Chug-chiu, whose death in the military in the summer of 2013 caused widespread protests, would contest an area in Taichung comprising Houli, Shengang, Daya and Tanzi.
Lim was active in the presidential campaign for the DPP’s Frank Hsieh in 2008, which he lost to Ma Ying-jeou.
Both Lim and Hung will be running under the banner of “Generation Force,” a group closely associated with the Sunflower Movement which occupied the Legislative Yuan last spring.
Separately, People First Party lawmakers Thomas Lee and Chen Yi-jie announced the formation of the “New Political Group at the Legislative Yuan,” which also includes independent lawmakers Kao Chin Su-mei and Hsu Hsin-ying, who withdrew from the ruling party after its devastating defeat in last November’s local elections.
With four members, the new group can form a separate caucus, which the PFP was unable to after it lost one of its members following a corruption trial.
Lee, who will lead the new group, said it transcended the traditional division between the “blue” KMT and the “green” DPP but would style itself as an opposition party.
In another development, former student leader Fan Yun was reportedly preparing for the foundation of a Social Democratic Party in late March and the presentation of five legislative candidates.
Fan teaches at National Taiwan University’s Department of Sociology and has been a frequent guest on talk shows.
On its new Facebook page, the SDP presented itself as a party for wage-earners and common people, not for business groups and second-generation politicians or members of political dynasties.


Updated : 2021-09-24 08:39 GMT+08:00