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DPP to postpone national congress on typhoon threat

2011/08/27 22:11:05

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) The Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has decided to postpone its national congress, scheduled to be held Sunday, as Typhoon Nanmadol approaches Taiwan.

The DPP decided to postpone the meeting out of concern for the safety of its party members and to allow DPP officials to focus on typhoon prevention work, said Hsu Chia-ching, a member of the DPP's Central Standing Committee.

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a sea warning for Typhoon Nanmadol Saturday morning and a land warning in the evening.

The party will decide on a new date for the national congress at its Central Standing Committee meeting on Aug. 31, Hsu said.

The DPP had originally scheduled to pass its chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen's 10-year policy platform and a resolution on Taiwan's next-generation society and economy during the meeting.

As for when Tsai, the DPP's candidate in the 2012 presidential election, would announce her running mate, Hsu said the announcement would not be made during the party congress over fears it would overshadow the party's 10-year policy platform.

Hsu added that the national congress was also meant to be a rally for the 2012 legislative elections.

She said the party would let the public know later when it would reveal Tsai's running mate.

(By Sophia Yeh and Christie Chen)