Democratic Progressive Party Chairman-elect Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) will formally take office January 26 after the governing party's Central Standing Committee yesterday settled a brief flap with Interim Chairwoman Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and the new party leader over the timing of the handover.
Yu won Sunday's by-election for the DPP chairmanship with 54.44 percent of 46,649 valid votes compared to DPP Legislator Trong Chai (蔡同榮) with 36.11 percent and former Changhua County commissioner Wong Chin-chu with 9.45 percent.
Vice President Annette Lu, in her capacity as interim DPP chairwoman, had set February 8, the first CSC meeting after the Lunar New Year holiday, as the date for the transfer on the grounds of giving the incoming chairperson time to organize a new team and allow party officers to "have a peaceful holiday."
However, Yu asked that the transfer take place within two weeks of the election, as required by the party's by-laws and thus occur before the Lunar New Year holiday, which begins January 29.
Yu, who visited the DPP headquarters at noon yesterday to express gratitude to party workers for their votes, stated that "so long as we return to the system, I will respect any choice by the vice president regarding a date."
Transfer before Lunar New Year
DPP Secretary-General Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) announced after the weekly CSC meeting that after discussion the committee determined that the transfer of authority between Lu and Yu would take place at the DPP headquarters in a ceremony at 10:00 am on January 26.
The leaders of Taiwan's other political parties will be invited to the ceremony along with other political and social dignitaries.
Regarding the flap over the date, Lu acknowledged that the decision to set February 8 as the date had failed to consider the 14 day limit and that "this was an error by the party administration."
Lee also announced that the DPP will adopt a new system requiring party members to send their annual NT$300 membership fees by postal fund transfer individually in order to curb payment by "representatives" and thus reduce the use of proxy membership.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Lu reaffirmed that the CSC had previously set a date between February 5-8 for the transfer, but stated that she "will respect the wishes of the new chairman" and hand over her acting office after the next CSC meeting next Wednesday.
Lu is expected to invite the seven members of the newly established party "clean governance commission" to attend the last CSC meeting under her interim chairmanship to discuss measures to promote clean politics in the governing party.