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Analysis: DPP `stars' looking to boost chances of nomination

BIG FOUR While silent about whether they will run for election, Annette Lu, Su Tseng-chang, Yu Shyi-kun and Frank Hsieh have all been trying to boost their support bases

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

With the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) presidential primary a few months away, the party's "four superstars" are trying to boost their chances of emerging as the party's candidate.

The DPP is planning to hold the presidential primary in May, pending the approval of its Central Executive Committee.

In the past, the party did not nominate presidential candidates until July. However, the DPP hopes to nominate the candidates early, taking into consideration that the presidential poll could be held in tandem with the legislative election.

The party is mulling whether to hold the presidential primary at the same time as the legislative primary.

After the Dec. 9 municipal elections, the DPP's "four superstars" have been strenuously trying to consolidate their support bases, although all remain tight-lipped about whether they will run for election.

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) has teamed up with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) to inaugurate the Pacific Congressional Caucus (PCC), a sub-group of the Democratic Pacific Union (DPU), Lu co-founded in August last year.

The stated goal of the DPU is to make concerted efforts to improve democracy, peace and prosperity in the world.

Lu also made a big fuss about a book written about her by a South Korean writer. She said nothing about her presidential bid but lauded the rising trend of women entering politics and becoming heads of state.

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has been busy traveling, both at home and abroad.

Su visited Gambia last week, the journey marking his first overseas trip since he assumed the premiership in January.

Since then, Su has visited Matsu, Nantou, Yunlin and Kaohsiung. He also conducted several trips to Pingtung County -- his birthplace and where he served as county commissioner between 1989 and 1993 -- and Taipei County -- where he served as the county commissioner from 1997 to 2001.

DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun has been criticizing his Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) counterpart Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on issues ranging from his leadership, the KMT's stolen party assets, and the party's corrupt elected local chiefs.

Former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) does not hold any public position but has kept himself busy after achieving a strong showing in the municipal polls.

Joseph Tsai (蔡榮祥), a political science professor at National Chung Cheng University, said that Lu is unlikely to run in the next presidential race because she is unpopular in the party.

"Her problem is not gender but personality," he said.

After her brother called for Chen's resignation, Tsai said that Lu's chance of becoming the president went out of the window.

Lin Jih-wen (林繼文), a political scientist at Academia Sinica, agreed that it would be difficult for Lu to win the party's nomination mainly because she lacks factional support.

Unlike Lu, Su enjoys a sound relationship with the former New Tide faction and his no-nonsense attitude has won him and his administration much acclaim.

Su's close ties with the faction, however, may be a liability because faction members are unpopular in the party and the faction's liberal cross-strait polices have upset many.

Another of Su's problems lies in his lack of political vision when it comes to issues like the economy, cross-strait relations, the Constitution and national identity, Tsai said.

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