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Lu visits DPP headquarters to get the lowdown

SHORT TENURE The acting chairperson took a tour and met the staff before sitting down with department heads for some serious discussions

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Vice President Annette Lu receives a warm welcome yesterday on her first visit to the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) headquarters since she became the party's acting chairwoman.

PHOTO: SUNG CHIH-HSIUNG, TAIPEI TIMESN

The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) acting chairwoman, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), paid a visit to the DPP's headquarters yesterday morning to greet party workers and meet with department directors over a cup of tea, saying that she will try her best to bring the party back on track and move it forward during her short term.

At about 10am, Lu, accompanied by DPP Secretary-General Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) and spokesman Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), called in on each department to say hello to party workers and shake hands with them.

Appearing to be in a good mood and smiling constantly, Lu had tea with department directors to get a general briefing on each department.

After leaving the conference room, Lu said that she had just listened to the opinions offered by the different department directors and she will try her best to move the party in the right direction in the short period of time that she will be at the helm.

Asked whether she will join the election race for the DPP's chairmanship, which will be held at the end of next month, Lu stressed that she is only a temporary "overseer" and she has no intention of running for the position.

The DPP will announce the schedule for the election on Wednesday as some DPP members, including Legislators Trong Chai (蔡同榮) and Lin Chung-mo (林重謨), voiced their interest in running for the position.

Meanwhile, since leaving office, former DPP chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has remained at home reading books and practicing calligraphy.

"This is a very difficult moment for the DPP. I really hope the party can unite and choose a good leader for a better future," Su said on Wednesday.

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