Mon, Sep 12, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Su says biggest enemy for DPP is simply itself

BY MO YAN-CHIH  /  STAFF REPORTER , WITH CNA

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday said that DPP's biggest enemy in the year-end elections is the party itself, instead of Chinese Nationalist (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).

Su made the remarks yesterday during a trip to boost the prospects of local candidates in Ilan County. While the year-end local government election is the first election Ma faced after taking over KMT chairmanship, and has been seen as the competition between Su and Ma, Su said that winning the local government election would depend on local talent.

"We [DPP] will win if we have good performance in local areas. So our biggest enemy is ourself, not Ma Ying-jeou," Su said.

According to Su, winners of this year's local government elections will be able to serve in their posts until 2008 or later, so it will be an important battle for Ma's reputation.

"The public expected Ma to reform KMT. However, the party's appointment of new personnel didn't seem so reformative," he added.

Complimenting the DPP's Ilan County commissioner candidate, former minister of justice Chen Ding-nan (陳定南), for his achievements as the county's former commissioner, Su said that Chen started the "green in power guarantees quality" era, and highlighted the fact that the party's power started in local governments.

Meanwhile, in response to President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) anger over complaints from local officials in Tainan County that the central government failed to take care of the county, Su said that the local governments should not blame Chen for things he is not responsible for.

"President Chen did not make those promises, and so it is unfair for some local officials to blame him for not taking care of the place. Local governments should solve problems themselves, and the central government is there to assist them," he said.

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