Former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday morning visited former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) at Taipei Prison.
Su was accompanied to Taoyuan County by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) and DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡). It was his first visit to Chen since 2009.
Chen is serving a 17-and-a-half jail sentence for corruption.
Ker said Su contacted him on Sunday night about the visit and said he wanted to keep the visit low-profile.
During their 30-minute conversation, Su asked Chen about his health and discussed the “chaotic” situation in the country, the DPP’s future development and public discontent with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).
While Chen knew of Su’s intention to run for party chairperson, the two did not dwell much on the topic, Ker said.
Su’s office said that after the visit, he returned to Taipei and attended a public memorial service for Hung Mao-kun (洪茂坤), a founding member of the DPP.
While Su is generally perceived as the strongest candidate in the chairperson race, some factions within the pan-green camp have expressed discontent with his bid.
“We do not acknowledge that Su is either of the Taiwan faction or the pro-independence faction,” Taiwan National Alliance convener Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文) said recently.
“Some who have run for president and vice president, but could not get elected, should stay away from the election for party chairperson,” DPP Legislator Mark Chen (陳唐山) said.
Additional reporting by Chris Wang