Thu, May 04, 2006 - Page 3 News List

DPP mulls plan on clean politics

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former premier Frank Hsieh, center, emerges from a discussion with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Yu Shyi-kun, right, following a meeting of the DPP's central standing committee yesterday.

PHOTO: LIAO CHEN-HUEI, TAIPEI TIMES

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has plans for a new campaign dubbed the "new sunshine politics movement," with the aim of revamping the DPP's image of a party with integrity.

The party will hold a conference on Sunday to discuss reform and will propose the addition of a special article to the party's platform asking all members to avoid corruption and uphold standards of personal integrity.

In the special article, the DPP will ask its legislators to quit other jobs and become professional lawmakers, to avoid any suspicion that they may take advantage of their legislative positions to enrich themselves. High-ranking party officials and government officials will be asked to place their property into trust.

DPP Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said that the party would make these requests in writing and try to have similar laws passed in the legislature.

Meanwhile, it appeared yesterday that former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) has had a change of heart and may be considering a run for Taipei mayor.

Hsieh had a closed-door meeting with DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun yesterday after the party's weekly central standing committee.

After the meeting Hsieh said that he could feel the sincerity of the DPP and was willing to reconsider making himself available for the mayoral race.

"Now that there is a candidate who has a strong will to run for Taipei mayor, I think all DPP members should support him," Hsieh said. "But if this person does not sign up for the primary and the DPP asks me to run, I might consider doing it for the party."

Hsieh was referring to former DPP legislator Shen Fu-hsiung (沈富雄), who had picked up his primary application and was ready to register.

Hsieh added he did not want to see two DPP members fight each other in the primary.

"I wish the DPP could be united like before," Hsieh said.

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