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Chen Chu supporter wins DPP Kaohsiung primary

Chen Chu supporter wins DPP Kaohsiung primary

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Kaohsiung City Government member Lai Juei-lung, often described as a supporter of Mayor Chen Chu, won the hard-fought primary to become the Democratic Progressive Party candidate for a legislative seat in the city’s Xiaogang and Qianzhen districts.
Even though the election will not take place until January 16, the election district has attracted national attention because originally ex-President Chen Shui-bian’s son, Chen Chih-chung, also wanted to compete in the primary.
When he announced his withdrawal from the race on March 13, he was flanked by Lai and by Mayor Chen. The other candidate in the primary, Kaohsiung City Councilor Chen Hsin-yu, was not present. As she was described as being close to former Premier and Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh, the primary was regarded as an example of factional infighting in the DPP. Mayor Chen and Hsieh both denied any such rivalry between the two camps.
The legislative seat Lai will be contesting is being currently held by Kuomintang member Lin Kuo-cheng, who won in 2012 mainly because Chen Chih-chung ran as an independent splitting the opposition vote. Lin was likely to run for re-election, reports said.
In another important DPP primary, Su Chiao-hui, the daughter of former premier and DPP ex-chairman Su Tseng-chang, won the nomination for a legislative seat in Shulin, New Taipei City.
Some DPP candidates in the legislative primaries have been criticized because they were only elected members of city and county councils last November 29. Those local elections saw landslides in favor of the main opposition party, with the DPP winning overall majorities in several major areas, including Kaohsiung City and Tainan City, and a near majority in New Taipei City. The local councilors running in the legislative primaries were slammed for planning to leave their original position barely a couple of months into their term, which would later provoke by-elections if they were elected lawmakers.


Updated : 2021-09-22 17:37 GMT+08:00