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Green Party, Social Democratic Party to form political union

Green Party, Social Democratic Party to form political union

Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) Taiwan's Green Party and Social Democratic Party (SDP) will form a political union and jointly field national candidates to increase their chances of winning some legislator-at-large seats in the Legislature next year, officials of the two parties said Sunday. Green Party Secretary General Hsu Po-jen (???) and his SDP counterpart Yeh Hung-ling (???) said they were finalizing the joint strategy in a bid to break through the stranglehold of the two political camps that are increasingly inclined towards the business community. During media interviews, Hsu and Yeh said that since their parties share similar values -- such as workers' rights and higher taxes for big corporations -- they will join forces to get past the electoral threshold and form a real opposition in the parliament to monitor government performance. To achieve that purpose, the two parties will come up with a list of candidates for national and overseas representative seats at the Legislative Yuan, which is due to be elected in January next year along with the presidential election. A political party or union of parties must win at least 5 percent of the valid votes to win any of the 34 legislator-at-large seats in the 113-seat Legislature. The "constituency" legislators will account for 73 of the total, with the remaining six going to aborigines representatives. The SDP was formed on March 29 this year and has not yet gone through any elections. The Green Party, set up on Jan. 2, 1996, has fought in many elections but has won only two local council seats -- in Hsinchu and Taoyuan -- during the local government elections late last year. (By Lee Ming-tsung and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-22 17:01 GMT+08:00