Sun, Jun 13, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Factions in DPP could be near end

PLAY TOGETHER After Chen Shui-bian's call for eliminating factions, a legislator plans to begin a formal push to ban them under the party's rules

By Chang Yun-ping  /  STAFF REPORTER

The New Tide Faction is one of the oldest factions in the DPP, having been established in 1986. It has long dominated major personnel positions at party headquarters.

In addition to Hung, Lin and Wu, other prominent members of the faction including National Security Council Secretary-general Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) and Chiu Tai-san (邱太三), vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council. Chiou is seen as having reduced his participation in factional activities since he took a governmental post.

Other factions still active include the Justice Alliance (陳水扁), of which Chen Shui-bian is the leader; the Welfare State Alliance (福利國連線), led by Kaohsiung City Mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷); the Mainstream Faction (主流聯盟) of Legislator Trong Chai (蔡同榮); and the pan-Formosa Faction (泛美麗島系) of senior Legislator Hsu Jung-shu (許榮淑).

Chen Shui-bian has withdrawn from all factional activities since he became president in 2000.

Legislator Lin Chung-mo (林重謨) of the Justice Alliance supported the idea of dissolving factions, saying "the New Tide Faction has become a stumbling block to the DPP's development."

Tsai Huang-lang (蔡煌瑯), director general of the Justice Alliance and currently the DPP's legislative caucus whip, said that the factions need to be reexamined instead of dissolved, as the existence of factions is only human.

A member of the New Tide Faction who disagrees with the abolition of the groups is DPP Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康), who said that the factions had not in fact been cliquish in gaining major posts for their members.

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