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DPP supports return to Double Ten parade

DPP supports return to Double Ten parade

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Top members of the Democratic Progressive Party on Wednesday expressed support for their chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen’s apparent decision to accept an invitation to attend the Double Ten National Day celebrations.
The invite for the October 10 events came from Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, who heads the organizing committee. DPP leaders have stayed away from the celebrations since President Ma Ying-jeou came to power in 2008.
Among leading opposition figures, top lawmaker Ker Chien-ming and former Vice President Annette Lu on Wednesday threw their full support behind Tsai. She said earlier that her aides were looking to change her schedule in order to accommodate the Double Ten events.
If Tsai goes, all members of the party’s legislative caucus should also go, Ker told reporters. He said he would propose a motion in that sense at the next full caucus meeting on September 15.
Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun said the most important aspect was that by being willing to attend, Tsai was making an effort to end political polarization, which should win wide public support. Yu added that he had not been invited to Double Ten, but that it did not matter.
Since presidential and other elections also took place under the structure of the Republic of China, attending the National Day events did not mean extra support for the ROC, Yu said.
Former Premier Frank Hsieh said that he had been present at previous Double Ten celebrations, but that it was natural for him not to be invited this year because he no longer occupied any official functions.
Leading members of the ruling Kuomintang blasted Tsai’s decision as being inspired by electoral concerns. The opposition leader should apologize for her past absence, KMT presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu said, while ruling camp lawmakers called on DPP offices to display the national flag.


Updated : 2021-09-17 10:22 GMT+08:00