Tue, Jan 17, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Yu to take up DPP job before New Year's

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Newly elected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Yu Shyi-kun said yesterday that he will go into his new office to finish a party reshuffle before the Lunar New Year. Yu's announcement will force acting party chairwoman Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) to hand over the position two weeks earlier than she had planned.

Lu had originally planned to hand over the job to the new chairperson on Feb. 8, the first weekly Central Standing Committee meeting to be held after the Lunar New Year holidays. Lu had said she would remain on in the party post until Feb. 8 in order to relieve party workers' concerns about their year-end bonuses, so they can have a relaxed New Year holidays, and also to allow the new chairman more time to prepare.

On Sunday evening after Yu was confirmed the winner of the party's by-election, Lu told him that she could turn over the party office to Yu earlier. Yu did not respond immediately except to say that everything would be handled according to the party's rules.

But yesterday Yu said that according to the DPP's regulations, the hand-over formalities would have to be completed before the Lunar New Year and that he would handle the issue by the regulations.

Yu said Lu's proposal to stay on until Feb. 8 was not a resolution made by the Central Standing Committee as far as he knew.

He said that he would finish the personnel reshuffle before the Lunar New Year given that it is the party's regulation and no one can violate that regulation.

"I don't think it will affect DPP workers' year-end bonuses if I come in the office earlier," Yu said.

DPP Secretary-General Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) explained that the election was originally set for Jan. 22 and the new chairperson has to take up the office within two weeks of the poll date. Under that rule, the date of the handover ceremony would be either Feb. 5 or Feb. 8.

But the polling day was moved up to Jan. 15, putting the handover ceremony on Lunar New Year's Day. At the suggestion of some Central Standing Committee members, Lu had said that she would stay as party chairwoman until Feb.8.

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