Fri, Jul 07, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Factions not key cause of DPP's problems: New Tide

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The former chief convener of the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) New Tide faction, Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康), said yesterday that his group would comply if the party decided to disband all factions, but added that disbanding the factions was not the solution to the problems currently plaguing the party.

Members of the New Tide faction, the party's largest and most organized faction, have reacted strongly to the proposal by DPP Legislator Wang Hsing-nan (王幸男) to dissolve all factions during its national convention, scheduled to be held next Saturday and Sunday.

Voicing his disagreement, Tuan said yesterday that DPP heavyweights were not willing to face the party's problems honestly, but had shifted its focus to the long-existing factions.

"Party leaders should deliberate and propose effective methods so that they can avoid unnecessary conflicts and disputes and solve the real problems plaguing the DPP," Tuan said.

Tuan said the priority for the DPP leaders was to draw on collective wisdom to regain the public's trust, rather than drawing up ideas which were not helpful to the party at all.

Tuan said the DPP's current plight was not caused by the factions and disbanding them would not solve the party's problems.

"I totally support discussion of the faction issue, and I agree that factions can be disbanded, but I doubt that is the core of the party's problems," Tuan said.

Tuan said he understood that party leaders were striving to make some achievements, but the priority for the DPP was to win back the people's faith and rebuild the party's integrity in the public's mind.

Should the DPP decide to disband the factions, the New Tide would no longer be a faction and other factions such as the Justice Alliance, the Welfare State Alliance, the Mainstream faction and the Green Alliance would no longer exist either, Tuan said.

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