Sun, May 15, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Pan-green camp celebrates poll result

POWER TO THE PEOPLE Both the DPP and TSU hailed the outcome of yesterday's election as proof that the people of Taiwan believe the country's fate is in their hands

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

In their jubilant post-election speeches, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) both said that the election's outcome marked a victory for the people of Taiwan and a triumph for the nation's democracy and the local powerbase identifying with Taiwan.

DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday attributed the victory to President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) leadership, through which he successfully consolidated his supporters' confidence in the last few days before the election, and said that Chen pointed out that "second-phase constitutional reforms" will unfold as soon as the new National Assembly finalizes the constitutional amendments.

"President Chen wanted me to tell all citizens that we [the government] will create a new constitution that is suitable to Taiwan in 2008 with an all-out effort," Su said, adding that Chen appreciated everyone's efforts in this election and salutes the support of the "great Taiwanese people."

"It is the victory of democracy, the victory of reform and Taiwan's victory," Chen said, according to Presidential Office Secretary-General Yu Shyi-kun yesterday evening.

Chen also called on the Legislative Yuan to pass the law governing the National Assembly's exercise of power as soon as possible to enable the constitutional amendments to be passed smoothly, Yu said.

With campaign themes such as "approving constitutional reforms" and "opposing the opposition parties' inclination to China," the DPP successfully motivated its supporters to vote and won about 42.5 percent of votes cast. According to this result, the DPP obtained 127 seats and became the largest party in the National Assembly.

Su said that the DPP's victory demonstrated that the party's insistences and core values won people's hearts and proved that a party that sticks to its campaign promises will win in the end.

"The election outcome reflects a proverb: When the rain is over, the sky clears up," said senior presidential adviser Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭), who is listed first among the nominations and will become speaker of the National Assembly, given that the DPP won the majority in this election.

"I am so pleased to see that the people of Taiwan showed their wisdom to defend Taiwan's democracy and consolidate Taiwan consciousness with their votes," Yeh said.

"The result once again proves that Taiwan is a nation that enjoys independent sovereignty and the people of Taiwan believe in the DPP -- the only party that sticks to reforms," she said.

Yeh said that the local power winning the majority of seats in the National Assembly is something that she was thankful to see.

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said that Taiwan has passed every trial imposed by the Chinese Communist Party whenever there was an election locally. This election also proved that the nation identified with the president's political line -- in which he maintains that "the Republic of China is an independent sovereign nation; that Taiwan belongs to the 23 million Taiwanese people; and that any change of the status quo requires the consent of the people of Taiwan."

"I believe that, at this moment, Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤), 1.3 billion Chinese people and the whole world finally heard the voice of the people of Taiwan, that Taiwan belongs to the 23 million Taiwanese people," Lu said.

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