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Chen, supporters deny planning new political party

By Chris Wang  /  Staff reporter

Former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his supporters have no plans to establish a new political party as reported by the media, Chen’s office said in a press release yesterday.

In a column published on my-formosa.com, Wu Tse-chia (吳子嘉) said that Chen would establish a new party with his One Side, One Country Alliance if former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) were elected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson on May 27.

Chen’s office denied this was the case.

The office said Chen, who is serving a 17-and-a-half-year sentence for corruption, appreciated the support from all five candidates in the DPP chairperson race for his release from prison.

Wu wrote that Su was the only candidate among the DPP chairperson hopefuls who does not support a pardon for the former president, calling instead for Chen’s release on medical grounds.

Taipei City Councilor Chiang Chih-ming (江志銘), Chen’s confidant, said members of the alliance did have discussions about the establishment of a new party, but never came up with a timetable.

Chiang said he has never heard Chen express concern of a Su victory.

The alliance would keep advocating for a presidential pardon for Chen regardless of who is elected as the DPP’s next leader, he said.

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