Fri, May 16, 2008 - Page 3 News List

DPP candidates appeal to young and old members

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The two candidates vying on Sunday for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairmanship were busy soliciting support yesterday, with the female contender Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) appealing to young party members and the 82-year-old Koo Kwang-ming's (辜寬敏) appealing to old.

Tsai urged young party members to vote in Sunday’s election and promised, if elected, to strengthen the party’s Youth Department and allow more young members to participate in the party’s policy-setting process.

It might be meaningful to add a new position of vice chairman and reserve it for a young member, she said, but she thought it would be more useful and feasible to let young members play a more decisive role at the Youth Department.

She also pledged to reform the party into one that is honest, unified, ambitious and with broad horizons.

Tsai made the remarks while addressing an event organized by the party’s young members. She said she was glad to see party members of all ages, especially young people, concerned about party affairs and participating.

At a different setting yesterday afternoon, Koo’s campaign asked Tsai to follow the example of DPP Legislator Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮) and drop out of the race.

They also asked her to withdraw the comments she made on Wednesday. Wang Ding-yu (王定宇), a spokesman for Koo’s camp, said Tsai should explain why she said the official reason for Chai’s withdrawal might be different from the real one. Wang also asked Tsai to explain why she said her rival represented the old and idealistic while she represented the new and practical.

Chai, who has formed an alliance with Koo, said he had not made any deal with Koo and said he did not represent the past but was a man of ideals and achievement.

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