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Ex-president's son quits DPP's legislative primary

Ex-president's son quits DPP's legislative primary

Kaohsiung, March 13 (CNA) Chen Chih-chung (???), son of former President Chen Shui-bian (???), said Friday that he will withdraw from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) legislative primary. Accompanied by Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (??), Chen Chih-chung made the announcement at a news conference in the southern municipality. Claiming he has a 10-point advantage over his primary opponenets, Chen said that he made the decision for unity and the good of the party. The former president respects his decision, he said.
Chen said he realized that in politics, "oftentimes your cannot have it your way." He hopes his supporter will understand his "pain and anguish" in making the decision, he added.
Chen had previously registered to take part in the DPP's legislative primary to run for a legislative seat in Kaohsiung's Cianjhen-Siaogang District. Right up until the previous day, he had said on his Facebook page that he would not quit. But he has accepted advice from the mayor and other DPP members, meaning that his efforts to win grassroots support in his constituency for five years might have gone down the drain. In addition to Chen Chih-chung, two others have registered to take part in the DPP's legislative primary in Kaohsiung -- Lai Jui-lung (???), who quit his post as chief of the Marine Bureau of the Kaohsiung city government to throw his hat into the race, and Kaohsiung Councilor Chen Hsin-yu (???). As both Chens have enjoyed high approval ratings in public opinion polls, they have expressed several times that they will not bow out of the running. Chen Chih-chung's withdrawal came after Hsu Chia-ching (???), a former DPP spokeswoman, accused his father of accepting billions of dollars in dubious donations from construction companies when he was in office from 2000-2008 Hsu also questioned what merits Chen Chih-chung can offer in running for a legislative seat. Hsu has since quit her job as the party's spokeswoman and has apologized for her remarks, some of which she said was based on vague memory of what she had heard years ago. Chen Shui-bian, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for several corruption convictions, was given medical parole in January to receive treatment outside of the prison hospital and is currently residing at his Kaohsiung residence. (By Wang Shwu-fen and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-29 00:56 GMT+08:00