More DPP party members call on president to stand aside for Taiwan 2020 election

Six party members added their voices to those of four party veterans calling on Tsai Ing-wen not to contest the party’s nomination process

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President Tsai Ing-wen on May 20 (Source: CNA)

President Tsai Ing-wen on May 20 (Source: CNA)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After four Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) veterans publicly opposed President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) re-election bid, six younger members of the party held a press conference on Monday (May 20) also calling on Tsai not to contest the DPP primary for the 2020 presidential election.

Lawyer Cheng Wen-lung (鄭文龍), law professor He Te-ten (賀德芬), professor Chang Hsu-Cheng (張旭成), Dr. Chen Yung-hsing (陳永興), writer Chin Heng-wei (金恆煒), and scholar Shi Zhengfeng (施正鋒) said Tsai should stand aside and let candidates more likely to succeed receive the party nomination.

The six individuals criticized Tsai for using the DPP’s five-person mediation team (五人協調小組), Central Executive Committee (中執會), and Central Standing Committee (中常會) to keep changing the primary schedule and bend the rules to her own advantage. They said these actions were undemocratic and would lead the DPP to lose the election in January 2020.