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New Taiwan independence party 'respected' by DPP

2015/07/03 15:52:59

DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen waves at reporters in a press conference Friday.

Taipei, July 3 (CNA) The chairwoman of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Friday that she respects a move by pro-independence campaigners to organize a new political party.

In Taiwan, a society Tsai Ing-wen described as embracing democracy and freedom, it is common to hear different voices, she said while answering reporters' questions about the Taiwan Independence Action Party, which is being established by Taiwanese independence campaign veterans.

To those who want to gather themselves so that their voices can sound louder and have a greater influence on society, "I treat them with respect," Tsai said.

Tsai is the DPP's candidate for the 2016 presidential election.

Political commentator Chin Heng-wei (金恆煒) announced a day earlier that he is organizing the party along with former presidential advisers Peng Ming-min (彭明敏) and Wu Li-pei (吳澧培), and former Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Shih-meng (陳師孟).

The party will nominate candidates to run in the legislative elections next year, which will be held simultaneously along with the presidential election on Jan. 16, he added.

As for the presidential candidate, he went on, the new party will support the DPP's Tsai, who has the political idea close to its.

Chin noted that the number of the new party's co-founders exceeds 30 people and that an application to register a new political party to the Ministry of the Interior has been delivered.

At the same time, they are contacting legislative hopefuls as part of plans to nominate candidates to run for legislative seats next year, Chin said, declaring that the new party's goal is to get politicians supporting independence into the Legislature.

DPP spokesperson Juan Chao-hsiung (阮昭雄) has said that the DPP respects different voices in Taiwan.

Addressing the reasons for organizing the pro-independence party, Chin said in an interview with a local newspaper that the DPP has already stopped talking about independence and has turned its back on efforts to strive for Taiwan independence.

"The DPP is Kuomintangized," he said, referring to the Kuomintang, the ruling party that has its origins in China in the early days of the Republic of China.

Therefore, there is now no political party willing to carry the placard of Taiwan independence, Chin said. "There must be someone standing out, talking in public about Taiwan independence."

Naming the new party the "Taiwan Independence Action Party" is because "Taiwan independence" is not a slogan or something that can be achieved by just being written on the platform of a political party, Chin said.

The cause can only be achieved through action, he explained.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Elizabeth Hsu)
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