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United Daily News: Tsai Ing-wen turning conservative

United Daily News: Tsai Ing-wen turning conservative

Running uncontested, opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???) is certain to win her party's nomination for the 2016 presidential election. Some DPP heavyweights are worried that without a competitive primary election, there is no way to push Tsai to present more attractive policies. In fact, recent developments indicate that Tsai's political stance is becoming more retreative and conservative. An example involves the constitutional reform issue. Tsai had previously supported a shift from the present semi-presidential system to a parliamentary system of government, but she recently said, "the parliamentary system is out of the question." On cross-Taiwan Strait relations, the DPP had originally planned to adopt a more pragmatic policy toward China, but the plan was derailed by the Sunflower Movement last year. Now that Tsai believes she has a high probability of winning the next presidency, she prefers to delay the issue until after the election. The DPP's victory in last November's local government elections has given Tsai great confidence. She is now hoping to maintain the DPP's current advantage to smooth her path to the presidency. In every election in the past, political parties would make their best efforts to win the support of neutral voters. But this time around, neutral voters are being disregarded due to the emergence of the "third force," which is seen as leaning toward the green camp. As a result, the DPP has so far not presented any meaningful issues or ideas to appeal to neutral voters. Can such a conservative campaign strategy be considered "democratic" and "progressive"? When politics is reduced to merely winning votes, then it is not likely for democracy to have much substance. (Editorial abstract -- April 9, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-17 23:52 GMT+08:00