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Activists assail KMT over failed reform

ANGER:Protesters and opposition lawmakers voiced their frustration over the failure to pass constitutional amendments that otherwise had cross-party support

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) rejected Chu’s accusations that the DPP was at fault.

“Constitutional reform does not serve the interests of a party, but that of Taiwan and the rights of its citizens, especially the younger generation. That is why we hoped to lower the voting age to 18,” Tsai said.

“Lowering the voting age and the threshold for political parties to acquire at-large seats are two proposals that different political parties and the public agree on. If we are all sincere about constitutional reform, we should first adopt those parts on which we all agree,” she said.

The KMT’s move to tie the two proposals with other more contentious proposals is regrettable, as it does not benefit the nation and deprives many of their rights, the DPP’s presidential candidate said.

Accusing the KMT of mudslinging, Tsai said: “I want to tell my rivals that they cannot stop me by trying to irritate me. I have more important things to do. I want to push for change for Taiwan and that is something that people care about.”

Tsai said the KMT has always opposed progressive values, despite its claims that it supports constitutional reform.

She said that Chu and Hung owe the public an explanation, as they had both voiced their support for lowering the voting age.

“Whether we return to power or not, the DPP will honor its promises to continue to push for constitutional reforms,” Tsai said.

Additional reporting by Loa Iok-sin

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