The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday introduced its three new legislators and reiterated its intention to work with its ally the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the legislature.
TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) introduced Hsu Chung-hsin (許忠信), Huang Wen-ling (黃文玲) and Lin Shih-chia (林世嘉), who will be sworn in on Feb. 1. The party garnered 1.17 million party votes in the elections on Saturday, passing the 5 percent threshold and winning three legislator at-large seats.
Huang Kun-huei urged the DPP not to get down on itself for losing the presidential election, saying that DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) had fought a respectable war against the allied forces of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), the Chinese Communist Party and Taiwanese tycoons who threatened the people against voting for her.
Supporters of the pan-green camp should stay together and never hold their heads down, he said.
Huang Kun-huei said that Taiwan could enjoy healthy economic development even without closer trade and investment relations with China, citing the nation’s economic performance during former president Lee Teng-hui’s (李登輝) administration as evidence.
“The TSU insists on a Taiwan-centric economic policy,” he said.
The TSU made clear its intention to collaborate with the DPP in the elections when it endorsed Tsai for the presidential election. It only nominated 10 candidates for legislators-at-large and did not nominate any candidate to run in local districts.
The party received a surprisingly high support in the elections after Huang Kun-huei announced on the eve of the elections that the party would disband if it failed to surpass the 5 percent threshold.