Wed, Apr 04, 2007 - Page 3 News List

TSU mulls new monikers

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) is expected to finalize its new party name by April 21, party spokeswoman Chiang Yueh-chin (蔣月琴) said yesterday.

Modification of the party's platform was also near completion, which would reflect its new "left-of-center" -- or social democratic -- approach, Chiang added.

The party would have to pick a name from the six proposed titles before the party holds its national assembly on April 21, she said.

The six choices are: Taiwan Social Justice Party, Taiwan Democratic Action Union, New Taiwan Solidarity Union, Taiwan Social Union, Taiwan Happiness Party and the party's original name.

An Internet vote, which began on March 16 and ended last Sunday to help determine TSU's new title, saw 389 out of 1,331 respondents voting in favor of retaining the party's name, Chiang said during a ceremony in which TSU awarded NT$20,000 each to the six who came up with the proposed party names.

The name that garnered the second-highest votes was Taiwan Democratic Action Union.

Chiang said that the voting results would serve only as a reference in deciding the party's new name, adding that the original title might be retained.

Cho Ming-tung (卓明東), who proposed the name Taiwan Social Justice Party, said the TSU should adopt his suggestion because the title reflects "the injustice arising from the political divides between the blue and the green" as former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had said.

Lee said early this year that the minorities and the middle class had fallen victim to the political wrangling between the pan-blue and pan-green camps over the past few years.

"[My suggestion] will help highlight the fact that there is still another political force beyond the Democratic Progressive Party and the Chinese Nationalist Party," Cho said.

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