Another ex-DPP chair throws support behind Hsieh

Former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung said Thursday he will vote for the party's presidential ticket but will not canvass support for them.
Lin, widely esteemed for his integrity and refusal to take up government posts after the transfer of power, made the statement after attending a memorial service to mark the 28th anniversary of the murders of his mother and twin daughters.
Lin, who was imprisoned between 1979 and 1984 for taking part in a pro-democracy rally that turned violent and ended in mass arrests, said he will cast his ballot for DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh and urged the public to do the same on March 22.
Lin said it is not in Taiwan's interests to deprive DPP supporters of any voice in government after the opposition Kuomintang and allies won a three-quarter majority in the Legislature on January 12.
While favoring a DPP victory, Lin, who broke ranks with the DPP in January 2006 to protest its lack of reflection and reform, said he will not stump for the Hsieh campaign, saying he has stayed away from the political limelight in recent years.
Lin has sought unsuccessfully to make the DPP administration to halt construction on the nation's fourth nuclear power plant or call a referendum on its destiny. He did effectively pressure major parties to agree to the 2005 constitutional reform that halves the number of lawmakers from 225 to 113, thanks also to public sentiment against the Legislature.

Updated : 2021-03-09 00:19 GMT+08:00