The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday resolved to dissolve its factions in a move to bolster party unity. Although some factions expressed opposition to the move, Chairman Yu Shyi-kun said it would benefit the DPP's long-term development.
The motion proposed by DPP Legislator Wang Sing-nan (
A total of 279 party delegates attended the convention and 153 voted in favor of Wang's proposal.
Many party heavyweights, including Vice President Annette Lu (
Although DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (
According to Wang's motion, the DPP must immediately prohibit factions from setting up offices, recruiting members, holding meetings, collecting membership fees or raising funds.
The party should also forbid factions from asking government officials to brief them on policies.
However, disciplinary measures for those who violate the resolution were not spelled out yesterday.
They will be worked out at the next national convention if no provisional convention is called before that to address the issue, DPP Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung (
As soon as the resolution was approved, Justice Alliance faction leader Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財) issued a press release announcing that it would stop functioning, and prohibiting anyone from speaking in the name of the alliance.
The Welfare State Alliance faction and the Green Alliance faction made similar statements, saying they would respect and obey the resolution.
Although the leader of the New Tide faction, William Lai (
DPP leaders mistook the factions for the real cause of the party's problems, Tuan said.
"The DPP's factions are by no means the cause of disorder. Policy flip-flops and power struggles are the crux of the problems," he said. "We find it regrettable that the party has missed a chance to find out what the real trouble is and push for reform."
Tuan said he was "frightened" to see the party blindly pass the resolution banning factions, thinking that this had met the public's expectations.
"Without the existence of factions, the DPP will lose a mechanism for communication and coordination," Tuan said. "Will it be a good thing for the DPP to have gangs existing in the party that have no [formal] organization?"
A Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) legislator said yesterday that the resolution would not necessarily be beneficial to bilateral cooperation between the two parties.
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