Slightly more than two years after taking power, the DPP will embark on yet another bold reform today when President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) assumes the party's chairmanship.
\nTaking its cue from its European counterparts, the party has also appointed seven lawmakers to top executive posts to shore up communication between its headquarters and legislative caucus.
\nThrough this and other changes, the DPP hopes to restore its dynamism and gear up for the mayoral elections in Taipei and Kaohsiung in December and the presidential race in 2004.
\nLawmakers Luo Wen-jia (羅文嘉), Lin Cho-shui (林濁水) and Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), who will head the party's departments of information, policy, and international affairs, respectively, are expected to play key roles.
\nTop gun returns
\nDynamic, idealistic and articulate, Luo has always been ready to serve Chen.
\nThough a freshman lawmaker, he is no novice in playing the party's spokesman.
\nLuo, 36, held the same post between July 1999 and March 2000 and succeeded in helping Chen win the presidency.
\nHe was director of the Information Department under Taipei City Government when Chen was mayor. Luo attributes his appointment to the party's wish to internalize in line with the legislature's rising importance in national politics.
\n"The party's main duty is to help the government make and execute policies," he said. "My department will strive to act as a nexus between the party, the government and the people so the latter may recognize the efforts the DPP has put in to promote their welfare."
\nLuo said he expected his job to be more challenging this time as the public will expect more of the party now that it is in power.
\nHe did not deny that the series of reforms are related to the year-end mayoral race and the 2004 presidential elections.
\n"We must make preparations way ahead" to avoid being voted out in light of the sharp competition between the ruling and opposition camps, Luo said.
\nHe is also a key member of the campaign team for Lee Ying-yuan (
PHOTO: FANG PIN-CHAO, TAIPEI TIMES
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