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Pro-independence group offers president wish list

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

A pro-independence group yesterday released 10 criteria it wanted to see in the next president, emphasizing that the person must have a "Taiwan-centric" agenda.

Hand-in-Hand Taiwan Alliance head Ng Chiau-tong (黃昭堂) said his group had formed a five-person team that has held nine seminars since January to solicit opinions from different groups around the country, with the aim of determining what kind of national leader people want.

"Our conclusion is that the next president must have a Taiwan-centric agenda," he said.

The next president's list of attributes reads like a shopping list compiled for a pro-independence and pro-localization platform, peppered with catchphrases from management handbooks, such as being "open-minded" and a "team player."

Notably, Ng said the next president must safeguard the sovereignty of Taiwan, write a new constitution, change the country's name and complete the country's normalization process.

Ng said the criteria were not tailor-made for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), adding that his group would not endorse any candidate.

Examination Yuan President Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文), a member of the group, said the requirements were like those set for finding a perfect mate.

"We are just the matchmaker," he said. "Don't think someone who is good-looking or a sweet-talker will make a good husband."

Yao said that as the next president will need to tackle a great number of problems, it is important that he or she find the right persons to work with him and that he or she be willing to listen.

Taiwan Association of University Professors chairman Tsay Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴) was effusive in his praise for the criteria, saying they transcended time, politics, ethnic origin, class and should be applied to all candidates.

Secretary-general of the World United Formosans for Independence, Wang Kang-hou (王厚康), however, said he hoped to see the DPP's presidential hopefuls offer more concrete policies regarding domestic issues, such as the economy, education and Taiwan consciousness.

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