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TSU still willing to discuss pan-green nominees with DPP

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) said yesterday that the party would continue to coordinate with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on fielding only one pan-green candidate per constituency in the next legislative elections.

Huang said the TSU has yet to "feel sincerity" on the part of the DPP, but will make further efforts to coordinate with the party until July 31.

As the new "single-member constituency, two votes" electoral system will be adopted for the next legislative elections and the number of seats in the legislature will be halved from the current 225 to 113, the pan-green camp has been coordinating for months on fielding a single candidate in each constituency to boost its chances of winning more seats in the slimmed-down legislature.

Huang said the DPP should respect the political strength of the TSU, adding that the Southern Taiwan Society, an independence advocate, recently suggested that the nomination of pan-green' candidates be based on the number of ballots garnered by each of the two parties in the previous legislative elections.

As the DPP collected 35 percent of the vote in the last elections while the TSU garnered 8 percent, the TSU should nominate between 14 or 15 of the candidates for the 73 regional seats up for grabs, Huang said.

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