Taipei City Councilor steps up as contender for NPP chair

At Friday's press conference Lin Liang-chun announced willingness to lead troubled New Power Party

NPP Taipei City Councilor Lin Liang-chun

NPP Taipei City Councilor Lin Liang-chun (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following the resignation of New Power Party (NPP) chairman Chiu Hsien-chih (邱顯智) on Monday (Aug. 12) and the departure of several prominent members, Taipei City Council member Lin Liang-chun (林亮君) announced on Friday (Aug. 16) her intention to run for NPP party chair.

Expressing her concern over the leadership crisis and the uncertainty of the party’s future as national elections approach, Lin said that she is prepared to take on the burden of leading the party. She emphasized that she does not want to lose any more party members.

In her press conference on Friday, the young city councilor said that she hopes to remind people of why the NPP was founded four years ago, reports Liberty Times. The NPP represents young people’s belief that fairness and justice are important in the political process and are critical to Taiwan’s future, said Lin.

Many difficulties are facing the party, including the departure of high-profile members and Taipei Mayor’s Ko Wen-je’s establishment of a new political party, the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP). Looking ahead to the 2020 elections, many observers expect the TPP will adversely affect voter turnout for the NPP, which is currently Taiwan’s third most powerful party.

Despite these difficulties, Lin says that the NPP must carry on in its mission, and must work hard to build trust and confidence in the party.