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Young Turks hand reform proposals to DPP’s Tsai

GRATEFULThe DPP’s deputy secretary-general-designate said the eight-point proposal from 43 party members would be discussed during the party’s National Congress

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Young Turks yesterday proposed several party reform measures, but the initiatives won little support from the party’s former New Tide faction.

DPP deputy secretary-general-designate Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said that Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was grateful for their proposals and that the party would solicit opinions from all factions and members.

Party Secretary-General Wang Tuoh (王拓) said the National Congress in July would discuss the proposals and if approved, the party would handle them accordingly.

Despite calls for the old guard to step aside, younger members said yesterday that they would like all former party leaders to sit on the party’s Central Standing Committee, the party’s highest decision-making body, and serve as advisors.

Former DPP legislator Luo Wen-chia (羅文嘉) said the proposal aimed to promote cooperation between the older and younger generations in the party.

They also suggested adding three vice chairmen to strengthen the joint decision-making process now dictated by the Central Standing Committee and Central Executive Committee.

The eight-point proposal was endorsed by 43 party members, but only two of them were members of the former New Tide faction. Chen Chun-lin (陳俊麟), director-designate of the party’s Poll Center, however, said it was unfair and incorrect to label him a member of the New Tide because he did not belong to any particular faction. Officially, party factions no longer exist.

While younger party members agreed on most of the suggestions, opinions were divided on whether to require that party officials resign two years before they run for public office, or one year before a primary for an election.

Luo argued that the direction of this article was correct and would be good for the party. He said his theory was that party officials should focus on party affairs rather than use their position to work to their advantage if they decided to run for public office.

He emphasized that this measure would not be applied to the party leader, members of the Central Standing Committee, members of the Central Executive Committee and bosses of local chapters.

The proposal was seen as targeting former DPP chairman Yu Shyi-kun, who served as party leader when he was vying for the nomination as presidential candidate.

Other issues included increasing the number of members of both the Central Standing Committee and the Central Executive Committee and allowing local party chiefs to participate in the decision-making process.

As the Central Evaluation Committee is responsible for conduct and discipline, they would like to add three more members and invite independent individuals from the public to take up the roles.

They also supported the Central Executive Committee’s decision to abolish the “blue excluding opinion polls” and proposed strengthening the negotiation mechanism so outstanding candidates would represent the party in elections.

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