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DPP faction urges party to focus on 2008 election

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) faction yesterday proposed the party use its national convention next month to draw up strategies for the 2008 presidential election.

DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yee (李俊毅), who proposed the idea and is a key member of the Welfare State Alliance, said the faction has decided to file a proposal on July 16 at the national convention to urge party leaders to start thinking about how to fight the 2008 election.

The legislative elections to be held December next year are the first challenge facing the party, Lee said. With that in mind, the DPP has to propose an "operational plan" to shape public opinion, extend its rule and contribute to a prosperous economy, he added.

"The DPP has to propose strong and solid political discourse to touch people's hearts," Lee said.

"The operational plan for 2008 will become an important cornerstone for maintaining Taiwan's independent development," the lawmaker said.

He said the Welfare State Alliance's proposal will mention that the party should work together to rebuild public support and trust.

All DPP members should have strong faith in President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) innocence in the recent scandals. and trust in the judiciary's investigation, he said.

"It is imperative the DPP hammer out a method to help end the baseless muckraking and make the media environment healthier," Lee said.

In other developments, the DPP is planning to produce about 5,000 VCDs of Chen's speech on Tuesday night to give away to supporters, department of culture and information deputy director Chou Yung-hong (周永鴻) announced yesterday.

"Many supporters called us to ask for the footage of the president's speech," Chou said.

"They responded positively to the president's explanations. Therefore, we will copy the speech onto VCDs and distribute them to local party chapters for our supporters," Chou said.

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