Fri, Aug 17, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Hsieh welcomes Yeh into campaign

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former vice premier Yeh Chu-lan paints a ceramic cat yesterday at a Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport event promoting one of the airport's tax free shops with a Hakka-themed store.

PHOTO: YAO CHIEH-HSIU, TAIPEI TIMES

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday announced the formation of a "golden triangle" for his presidential campaign, after former vice premier Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) accepted his invitation to serve as his campaign director.

Yeh, a Hakka who had repeatedly expressed her interest in running for vice president, will help Hsieh and running mate Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) draw up their campaign platform and spearhead efforts to attract votes from women and the Hakka community.

"Yeh has promised not to be absent from the election. The golden triangle will unite to fight for victory in the presidential election," Hsieh said yesterday during a trip to Taoyuan.

After remaining tight-lipped about his running mate for months, Hsieh announced on Wednesday after a trip to Singapore and Indonesia that he would pair up with Su, and later paid a visit to Yeh to invite her to join his campaign team.

Hsieh expressed his gratitude to Yeh yesterday for joining his campaign, praising her "selflessness" and loyalty to the DPP during his search for a running mate.

Yeh later confirmed Hsieh's remarks and expressed her determination to help the pair win the presidential election.

"I will spare no effort to campaign for the candidates. The DPP must win for the sake of Taiwan, and I believe the Hakka people will stand by my side," she said yesterday after attending an event in Taoyuan.

When asked if the Hakka community was disappointed that she would not run for vice president, Yeh said that some Hakka groups had expressed disappointment, but added that her support for Hsieh had not wavered.

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