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Koo says Yu should finish tenure as DPP chief

Independence advocate urges Chen to stay out of party affairs

Koo says Yu should finish tenure as DPP chief

Yu Shyi-kun (游錫<方方土>) should remain in office as chairman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) should not be involved in the choice of the next DPP chief, the veteran independence advocate Koo Kwang-ming said yesterday. "Chen's term in office will expire in only half an year so he should not intervene in party business and (instead) focus on his presidency," said Koo, adding that for the sake of the DPP, Yu should not resign from his post. "There will be a day for justice to clear Yu's name. Now he should first accomplish his mission as chairman of the ruling party." Koo made the comments in reaction to local media reports that said a group of DPP legislators urged Chen to assume the party chairmanship following incumbent chairman Yu's offer to resign the day before. Yu resigned on Friday after he was indicted on corruption and forgery charges for allegedly misusing his "special allowance funds" during his tenures as the president's chief of staff and the premier from 2000 to 2005. Koo said that Chen has done too much by interfering in party business for the past eight years and has caused a lot of trouble for the DPP. "It is common knowledge that Chen always makes troubles first and then solves the trouble before making more trouble," Koo said. He added that if the DPP really matters to him, Chen should have asked Yu to remain at the post instead of offering to take it himself. World United Formosans for Independence Chairman Ng Chiau-tong also voiced a similar opinion with Koo. Ng first said that he had no problem with Yu if he wants to abide by his previous commitment to resign following his indictment. "But I think now is not the time for him to resign. He should remain at the post unless the court rules him guilty after a third trial," Ng said. However, DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said that it is generally believed within the party that Chen should reclaim the post as DPP chairman. "It is stated in the DPP party constitution that the president of the nation is the natural candidate for the party chairperson," Hsieh disclosed while adding that Yu's chairmanship has less than a year left so it was not suitable to burden the party with the selection a new chair. Chen, who last took the position as DPP chairman in 2002, resigned in December 2004 to take responsibility for the party's failure to win a majority in the 2004 legislative election. The Taiwan Solidarity Union said that they would prefer it if Chen took the post. TSU caucus whip Lo Chih-ming (羅志明) said that if Chen would assume the post of chairman, it would be good news for negotiations between his party and the DPP on candidates for the coming legislative election. "Chen agreed to help coordinate with the pan-green ally to win the upcoming election when he met with our party chairman Huang Kun-hui. But at that time Yu was the DPP chair, so Chen couldn't intervene in party business," Lo said. He said the negotiations would be better if Chen becomes the chairman. Meanwhile, Yu will finish his Canada tour and come back to Taiwan today. Local societies and DPP officials are scheduled to welcome him back at the airport.


Updated : 2021-10-29 06:03 GMT+08:00