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New Taiwan Independence Party in the making

New Taiwan Independence Party in the making

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Several veteran leaders of the Taiwan Independence Movement are planning to form a new political party which will run in January’s legislative elections, reports said Thursday.
The group, to be known as the Taiwan Independence Action Party, is being formed on the initiative of prominent political commentator and writer Chin Heng-wei, according to media reports.
The list of prominent supporters for the move include 1996 presidential candidate Peng Ming-min, former Presidential Secretary-General Chen Shih-meng, veteran activist Wu Li-pei, who is an uncle of Democratic Progressive Party Secretary General Joseph Wu, former Education Minister Tu Cheng-sheng and writer Lee Chiao.
“Taiwan Independence is not a slogan, it’s not a way to fool voters, it’s not a piece of propaganda, it’s not something you can write in your charter and consider as completed,” Chin told reporters.
He added that the prospective party already had 30 prominent sponsors and that it had filed an application with the Ministry of Interior. The new group would present a list of candidates for the at-large seats in the Legislative Yuan, but it would support DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen in the presidential election, also on January 16. Chin said her political stance was quite close to the new party’s.
The writer rejected allegations that the emergence of his party would split the votes of the “green” camp in the legislative elections. Instead, he accused the so-called “third parties” which emerged from last year’s Sunflower Movement as a threat to the cause. Unlike those parties, the Taiwan Independence Action Party would not ask DPP candidates to step out of the way, Chin said.
The DPP said it respected the pluralism of Taiwanese politics and society. In addition, to the DPP, the green spectrum of national politics also includes the Taiwan Solidarity Union.


Updated : 2021-09-25 07:34 GMT+08:00