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Cabinet Secretary-General Cho nominated for DPP chairmanship election

2018/12/14 13:41:10

Cho Jung-tai (CNA file photo)

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) Cabinet Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) has been nominated by a group of young Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members to run for the chairmanship of the party.

The group, led by Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), on Thursday put forward Cho's name, saying they will accompany him Friday afternoon to register as a candidate at the DPP's headquarters in Taipei.

Cho, 59, could not be reached for comment on the issue.

If he accepts the nomination for the Jan. 6 election, he will be competing for the leadership of the DPP against the party's former secretary-general You Ying-lung (游盈隆) and Kuo Tai-ling (郭泰麟), who was deputy chief of the now-defunct Kaohsiung County.

The group that nominated Cho includes Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅), Chiayi County Magistrate-elect Weng Chang-liang (翁章梁), former lawmaker Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), outgoing Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Men-an (潘孟安), and Tainan mayor-elect Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲).

Cho, who has served in several government posts and was a lawmaker from 1999 to 2004, is seen as a "big brother of the younger generation," according to Cheng.

The post of DPP chairperson was vacated by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Nov. 24, after the DPP suffered heavy losses in the local government elections and since then, there have been calls within the DPP for younger party leadership.

On Nov. 24, the DPP won only six of the 22 municipal seats in the country, while the opposition Kuomintang took 15.

(By Wen Kui-hsiang, Wu Rui-chi and Elizabeth Hsu)