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Lee Teng-hui to train TSU hopefuls

GOING INTO BATTLE The Taiwan Solidarity Union said the former president will prep its candidates for office, and said the KMT should not disdain Lee for doing so

By Lin Chieh-yu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) will personally train candidates of the Taiwan Solidarity Union during a two-day campaign workshop, the new political party's spokesman said yesterday.

The workshop begins today, with Lee scheduled to lecture tomorrow.

"The former president promises to draw upon his 12 years of presidential experience to train our candidates," said TSU spokesman Su Chin-chang (蘇進強).

Su said that Lee is prepared to address several important issues, including the direction of Taiwan's development, partisan politics and foreign affairs.

TSU chairman Huang Chu-wen (黃主文) had previously declared at the party's founding ceremony on Aug. 12 that Lee was willing to campaign for the party's 39 legislative candidates. Yesterday Huang said that Lee has decided to help the party's candidates by preparing them for office rather than attending their rallies or other activities.

"We have called it [the workshop] the `Lee Teng-hui school,' and now the school will be launched," Su said yesterday.

Along with Lee, the former chairman of the KMT who is now regarded as the "spiritual father" of the TSU, other political veterans will also lecture at the workshop.

"Lee will teach them how to run the country, and the other experts will help them pick up tips on how to win an election from the very beginning of the campaign trail and also how to map out campaign strategies," Su said.

Lee, who served as former president Chiang Ching-kuo's (蔣經國) vice president, succeeding him in 1988, once described himself as having graduated from the "Chiang Ching-kuo" school.

While the TSU has said it is starting the "Lee Teng-hui school," Su at the same time urged the KMT not to disdain Lee, saying that as the former president of Taiwan, Lee's influence on society reaches far beyond his party.

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