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DPP presidential candidate vows to end political polarization

DPP presidential candidate vows to end political polarization

Kaohsiung, Aug. 16 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???) announced Sunday the five reforms she plans to push if she is elected president, including ending Taiwan's vicious political fighting. Tsai unveiled her five reforms at the inauguration of a campaign club in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung that was formed to support her presidential bid. The first reform is to create an environment in which young people can thrive, such as improving the job market and providing affordable housing, long-term care services and daycare services, Tsai said. The second is to improve government efficiency and transparency and ensure that the public is fully engaged in the decision-making processes of government policies, she went on. The third is to push for reforms in the Legislature, such as changing Taiwan's voting system to mixed-member proportional representation and increasing the number of non-constituency members in the Legislative Yuan, Tsai said. The fourth is to pursue "transitional justice" by honestly facing history, especially the injustices that were inflicted upon indigenous people and other victims of oppression in the past, she went on. Finally, Tsai said that if elected, her administration will aim to end the polarization in Taiwanese society and politics -- which she considers the most important and most difficult to achieve of the five reforms. Over the past 16 years, Taiwan has experienced the growing pains of democratic transition and its democratic system has yet to mature, Tsai said. "Whatever people from one side do, those from the other side will always come out to oppose it," said the DPP chairwoman, adding that the Taiwanese public are "fed up with" this kind of politics and yearn for change. Tsai said she believes it is the responsibility of the leader of a nation to end such political polarization and she vowed to form a "progressive grand alliance" if she wins the presidential election next year, by attracting talent from all walks of life to join her administration. She pledged to "win people's hearts with reform" and said she will not give up, even if it means that she has to offend established powers. (By Wang Shu-fen and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-16 18:53 GMT+08:00