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Ex-president's son set to join DPP primary after being reinstated

Ex-president's son set to join DPP primary after being reinstated

Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) reinstated Wednesday the party membership of Chen Chih-chung (???), son of former President Chen Shui-bian (???), a move that will make it possible for him to take part in the party's primary for the 2016 legislative elections. Chen Chih-chung left the party in 2010 to run as an independent in a Kaohsiung city council election. Although he won that election, he was stripped of his qualification as a councilor the following year for perjury in a corruption case involving the former president's use of his state affairs fund. In September 2013, he applied to the DPP's Kaohsiung chapter for re-entry to the party, which approved his request. But the DPP headquarters said that when Chen quit the party to throw his hat into the city council election in June 2010, he had his party membership revoked and would therefore have to wait for five years, or until June 2015, to qualify for re-entry. Chen contested, however, that his leaving the DPP was the result of coordination within the party and that the five-year waiting period rule should not apply to him. A DPP arbitration committee agreed with Chen's argument Feb. 13 and a party review team said in a meeting Wednesday that it respects the views of the committee and that Chen's reinstatement will be back-dated to September 2013. Chen posted on his Facebook that Feb. 25 is a significant day for him, that he is grateful to be back in the party's fold and that he will use his expertise in law to solicit voter support. The DPP's legislative primary will begin in early March, with many politicians, including DPP Councilor Chen Hsin-yu (???) and former Legislator Kuo Wen-chen (???), tipped to take part in the same constituency as Chen.
(By Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 00:53 GMT+08:00