Mon, Nov 26, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Motion for Jeremy Lin political party quashed

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff writer

The term “Taiwan” first appeared in the titles of political parties in March 1990, when the Taiwan Aborigine Party — the predecessor of the Indigenous People’s Party — was founded.

As the sense of Taiwanese identity rose during former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) administration, an increasing number of political parties were established at the time whose appellations contained “Taiwan.”

A number of political parties that include the word “communist” in their titles, including the Taiwan Communist Party, the Communist Party of Republic of China and the China Communist Alliance, have also been established in the country in the past few years, following a constitutional interpretation from the Council of Grand Justices in June 2008 that decriminalized the use of the word.

The constitutional interpretation invalidated Article 2 of the Civil Associations Act which prohibited organizations and civil associations from advocating communism.

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