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Public demands can force change

By Christian Fan Jiang 范姜提昂

If they succeed in making these changes, it is likely we will see an improvement in the current partisan enmity, and the electoral process will also start to work in more of a rational way.

First, there will be mass protest movements and demonstrations reflecting the public’s demands, then the political parties can fulfill their role of being entrusted with making sure these demands are met.

The public will then be able to make an objective assessment of which party is most prepared to ensure these demands are met and make an informed decision as to which one to support.

In this way, the parties can significantly increase their influence in the legislature through their support of the public will.

This will put considerable pressure on the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), which has used its party assets to distort public opinion.

Christian Fan Jiang is deputy secretary-general of the Northern Taiwan Society.

Translated by Paul Cooper

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