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Talk of the Day-- Annette Lu drops out of DPP primary in Taipei

2014/05/11 17:24:01

Former Vice President Annette Lu announced Saturday that she would withdraw from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) primary for the Taipei mayoral election.

Her decision prompted an uproar in Taipei politics, and the following are excerpts from leading newspapers' coverage of it on Sunday.

China Times:

Annette Lu, who trails behind other hopefuls in various opinion polls, said she would drop out of the DPP primary, which is scheduled for Tuesday, because the party is breaking its own rules about choosing party candidates to accommodate Ko Wen-je, who is not a DPP member but commands the support of many DPP followers.

Lu was angry with the party's decision that anyone who wins the primary in Taipei must vie for the party candidacy against Ko through opinion polls.

Given the fact that Ko refused to join the party out of concerns that it will cost him the support of many independent voters, Lu said the party should understand that the election victory of anyone who is not a DPP member, is not a DPP victory.

She urged the other DPP contestants not to accept the party's decision to have the winner of the primary compete with Ko for the party's candidacy. (May 11, 2014)

Liberty Times:

Chang Dun-han, the spokesman for the DPP, said the above decision was made by the policy-making body, the Central Executive Committee, and would provide the party with the best chance of having a mayor who has the same political views as the DPP.

"The party would get bigger and stronger by cooperating with those with like minds, even though they are not DPP members," Chang said. (May 11, 2014)

United Daily News:

Lu, who has a slim chance of winning the primary, is making a virtue of necessity and sparing herself a humiliating defeat in the primary.

She is ignorant of the fact that the DPP could hardly win a mayoral race by itself in the capital city, which is a traditional stronghold of the ruling Kuomintang.

Without tapping into independent voters by fielding a candidate like Ko, who is the most popular of all non-KMT hopefuls, thus far, the city is set to be in the grip of KMT after the next election. (May 11, 2014)

(By Maubo Chang)