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TSU candidates to challenge DPP

GREEN DIVIDE TSU Secretary-General Cheng Cheng-lung said his party has given up waiting for the DPP to work out a joint plan on candidates so it will go it along

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chen Chien-ming, center, the Taiwan Solidarity Union's candidate for the Keelung mayoral election, and the party's nominees for city councilor posts, join hands yesterday as they vowed to win their races.

PHOTO: LU HSIAN-HSIU, TAIPEI TIMES

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will go head-to-head in the year-end elections for county commissioners and mayors after the TSU said yesterday that it wouldn't work with the DPP.

TSU Secretary-General Cheng Cheng-lung (程振隆) told a press conference yesterday morning that the party will nominate its candidates in three to five cities or counties to challenge the DPP.

Cheng said former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) agreed with the TSU's strategy because the party is not a dependent of the DPP.

"The TSU has to find a new way," Cheng said.

"The DPP has proven insincere in the debate over the Keelung City nomination, using delaying tactics to turn down our request," Cheng said.

He said the TSU had hoped the DPP would make up its mind within one week on whether it would nomination a candidate for the Keelung race.

But the DPP only insisted on conducting surveys to determine who would be the best-qualified candidate.

"It was the TSU who helped President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to win his re-election in 2004," Cheng said. "When President Chen was shot in Tainan on March 19 last year, Lee was campaigning for him in Wanhua, Taipei City."

"It is upsetting to see the DPP treat the TSU so ruthlessly," Cheng said.

"The TSU will go its own way and will not work with the DPP. We can't negotiate with the DPP any longer," he said.

Cheng said that TSU Chairman Shu Chin-chiang (蘇進強) is looking for candidates for the party. He said Lee's daughter Annie Lee (李安妮) and TSU caucus whip Liao Pen-yen (廖本煙) would both be suitable candidates for the Taipei County commissioner post.

"As for other candidates in other cities, Shu will continue to talk to party chapter directors in southern Taiwan to find the best persons," Cheng said.

He said that the TSU might even run its own candidate in the 2008 presidential election and that cooperating with the DPP was not necessary a given.

"We will work with those parties that have integrity and identify with Taiwan," Cheng said.

In response, DPP Secretary-General Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) yesterday urged the TSU to calm down. He said cooperation was the only strategy to use if the pan-green camp was to win the year-end elections.

Lee Yi-yang said that DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) had a 30-minute phone conversation with Shu three days ago and the two men had agreed that DPP-TSU cooperation in the year-end elections was a must.

"The two chairmen were also in favor of the TSU and the DPP partnering-up in the elections -- having the candidate from one party for mayor, and the other party for deputy mayor," Lee Yi-yang said.

"I urged the TSU not to be rash on the nomination process since no one wants to see the pan-greens face a Waterloo in the year-end elections," he said.

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