Sat, Sep 22, 2012 - Page 3 News List

DPP to celebrate 26th anniversary at launch pad hotel

By Lee Hsin-fang and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is to celebrate its 26th anniversary on Friday next week at Taipei City’s Grand Hotel, the place where the party was launched.

132 founding members, who the party said courageously faced death threats and martial law decrees in 1986 by convening at the Grand Hotel to launch the party, have been invited to the event.

DPP officials said they expect most former chairpersons to attend the event, in a setting that is to allow a sense of fellowship with other key members as well a chance to boost party solidarity.

However, former DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) may not be able to attend the event due to her on-going visit to India.

Tsai’s office spokesperson Hung Yao-fu (洪耀福) said Tsai planned the trip before she received the invitation from DPP headquarters. However, Hung added that Tsai might cut her trip short and make it to the event.

In a bid to drum up support and publicity for the party’s 26-year anniversary, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), who has made several trips to different parts of the nation to visit party members, is slated to present a commemorative silver badge to individuals who have been party members for more than 20 years and a golden badge for those with 25-year membership.

A reception is also set for next Thursday in Taipei where representatives of foreign missions in Taiwan have been invited to celebrate the party’s anniversary, party officials said.

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