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Former Premier Su Tseng-chang wins DPP chairmanship by landslide

2012/05/27 20:56:07

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Former Premier Su Tseng-chang stood out Sunday in a five-way competition for the chairmanship of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), taking 50.47 percent of the votes cast.

Su, 65, received 55,894 votes, more than twice as many as those cast for former Tainan Magistrate Su Huan-chih, who garnered 23,281 ballots.

Former Vice Premier Wu Rong-i received 16,315 votes, followed by former DPP Legislator Chai Trong-rong with 12,497 and former DPP Chairman Hsu Hsin-liang, who managed just 2,763.

Voter turnout was recorded at 68.62 percent of the 163,808 DPP members eligible to vote.

Su previously served as party chairman in February 2005, but resigned following the DPP's losses in local elections in December of that year.

The political veteran has also served as Pingtung magistrate (1989-1993), Taipei magistrate (1997-2004) and as presidential secretary-general (2004-2005). His most recent government position was that of premier, a post he held from January 2006 through May 2007.

Su ran on a ticket with the DPP's former chairman, Frank Hsieh, as the vice presidential candidate in the 2008 election and ran again in 2010 for Taipei mayor. He was unsuccessful on both occasions.

(By Jamie Wang)