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2012 ELECTIONS: TSU must garner more than 5% of votes or die: Huang

BALLOTS OR BUST:The TSU chairman said if his party does not succeed this time, there might not be a chance for a second pro-localization party to emerge

By Lee Hsing-fang  /  Staff Reporter

Tomorrow’s legislative election is the Taiwan Solidarity Union’s (TSU) last battle and if it fails to cross the 5 percent party vote threshold it would be history, TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) said yesterday as he appealed to voters to support the party.

If it passes the 5 percent party vote threshold, the TSU would be able to send legislator-at-large candidates to the new legislature.

“The TSU is the brake-pedal on unification, the advocates for the disadvantaged and the preservers of the Democratic Progressive Party,” Huang said, adding that the TSU was the party that helps Taiwanese traditional industries hit hard by the cheap products from China and that it is also the most vociferous in supporting oppressed Taiwanese merchants.

“Our efforts over the past few years were in part not to disappoint former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) [the spiritual leader of the party] and also because we cannot stand by and see Taiwan sink as President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) leans toward China,” Huang said, adding that “it is possible that if the TSU does not succeed this time, there might not be a chance for a second pro-localization political party to emerge in Taiwan.”

Translated by Jake Chung, Staff Writer

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