Two Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Central Standing Committee members and a DPP legislator yesterday voiced their support for Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) to serve as the party’s interim leader after DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) steps down from the post on March 1.
The party plans to hold a Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting on Wednesday to name an interim head. According to party regulations, the interim leader must be a member of the CEC.
The interim chair will lead the party for the remainder of Tsai’s term, which ends on May 20. The party is slated to hold an election for a new chairperson on May 27.
DPP Central Standing Committee member Tsai Hsien-hao (蔡憲浩) and DPP Taipei City Councilor Hsu Chia-ching (徐佳青) separately said they think Chen is an appropriate heavyweight in the party to take up the position of interim leader.
The most important task for the interim leader is to make sure the election of a new party chief proceeds smoothly, Hsu said.
He added that because Chen has said she was not interested in succeeding Tsai Ing-wen on a permanent basis, her overseeing the election could avoid questions of credibility.
Chiayi, Yilan, Yunlin and Pingtung county commissioners and the Tainan mayor, all DPP members, have also previously voiced their support for Chen to take up the post.
Meanwhile, according to Tsai Hsien-hao, former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) is considering whether to enter the chairperson election and that he may announce his decision next month.
Former premier Yu Shyi-kun , on the other hand, said yesterday he would not run for the position of party leader.