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DPP leader rejects reports about factional infighting

Media see alliance between Chen Chu and Chen Shui-bian against Frank Hsieh

DPP leader rejects reports about factional infighting

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday rejected reports that the withdrawal of ex-President Chen Shui-bian’s son Chen Chih-chung from the legislative race was a sign of factional infighting within the opposition party.
The younger Chen announced at a news conference Friday he would not run for a legislative seat in the Kaohsiung City districts of Qianzhen and Xiaogang despite being 10 percent ahead in the opinion polls.
In DPP primaries, he was facing city councilor Chen Hsin-yu, a woman seen as allied with former Kaohsiung Mayor and ex-Premier Frank Hsieh, and Lai Juei-lung, a former member of the administration of incumbent Mayor Chen Chu.
Chen Chih-chung made his announcement at a joint news conference with the mayor and Lai present, leading to allegations in the media that there was an alliance being formed by Chen Chih-chung and Chen Chu, who are not related, against Hsieh.
When asked whether that was the case, Tsai told reporters Saturday not to overanalyze recent developments. “There is no need to make this case so complicated,” she said.
The opposition leader said the selection process for next January’s legislative elections had its own rules and would proceed according to those regulations. She said she respected the individual opinions and decisions of the candidates. Anything which benefited internal party harmony was a good thing, she added.
Tsai said the democratic system of picking candidates would work out fine and result in the selection of the best possible person to win the eventual election. The DPP included an election response committee which succeeded in maintaining harmonious relations between candidates, she said.
Some media reports presented the current upheaval surrounding Chen Chih-chung as a foreshadowing of the 2018 mayoral election, in which Chen Chu wanted her former deputy Liu Shyh-fang to succeed her, while Hsieh would prefer legislator Kuan Pi-ling to run for mayor.


Updated : 2021-09-22 20:04 GMT+08:00