Mon, Sep 03, 2007 - Page 3 News List

TSU denies plan to field presidential candidate


The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday denied a newspaper report that said the party was planning to field its chairman as a candidate in next year's presidential election.

The Chinese-language China Times reported that grassroots TSU members had discussed the possibility of TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) running as a presidential candidate in the wake of the failure of the TSU and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to arrive at a joint nomination plan for the legislative elections in January.

The newspaper said TSU members and supporters were particularly irritated by the DPP's nomination of singer/actor Yu Tien (余天) as a legislative candidate in Sanchung City (三重市), Taipei County.

TSU spokeswoman Chou Mei-li (周美里) said that certain party supporters had voiced concerns about the TSU's disadvantage in the legislative elections and said they hoped Huang would announce his intention to stand as a presidential candidate to improve TSU morale.

She said some TSU members believed that the party should provide voters who didn't favor either DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) or his Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) counterpart Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) with a third choice.

Chou said, however, that the TSU leadership had no plans to field the party chairman as a presidential candidate.

TSU Legislator Lo Chih-ming (羅志明) said he was not familiar with any plan to field a presidential candidate and added that the TSU would craft its own legislative election strategy only after the DPP had convened its national congress to decide on a list of legislative candidates.

Lo said that, as far as he knew, Huang had maintained cordial relations with the DPP and had said nothing about participating in next year's presidential election.

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