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DPP approves list of candidates outside the party to support

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter, in Taoyuan

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Central Standing Committee yesterday passes a motion to support a list of 11 non-DPP legislative candidates, pictured in a composite photograph, in the Jan. 16 elections.

Photo: Taipei Times

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Central Standing Committee yesterday passed a list of non-DPP legislative candidates to support, with an eye on uniting their efforts to defeat Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) nominees.

“Considering the overall situation heading into the legislative elections, the Campaign Strategy Committee suggested that the DPP support legislative candidates in constituencies where it is expected to be difficult for the party to win,” Campaign Strategy Committee convener Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) said at a meeting in Taoyuan. “We seek to cooperate with them as allies, with victory in the elections our ultimate goal.”

The “allies” chosen by the Campaign Strategy Committee include New Power Party legislative nominees Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) in New Taipei City’s 12th electoral district, Freddy Lim (林昶佐) in Taipei’s fifth electoral district, Hung Tzu-yung (洪慈庸) in Taichung’s third electoral district, as well as People First Party candidate Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) in Taipei’s fourth electoral district, Green Party-Social Democratic Party candidate Fan Yun (范雲) in Taipei’s sixth electoral district and Taiwan Solidarity Union nominee Liu Kuo-lung (劉國隆) in Taichung’s fifth electoral district.

Also among the allies are independent candidates Lee Hsing-chang (李幸長) in New Taipei City’s ninth electoral district, and in Taipei: Billy Pan (潘建志) in the third electoral district, Yang Shih-chiu (楊實秋) in the seventh, Lee Ching-yuan (李慶元) in the eighth, as well as Chao Cheng-yu (趙正宇) in Taoyuan’s sixth electoral district.

Su’s proposal received overwhelming support in the Central Standing Committee meeting, which adopted it immediately.

“The DPP supports candidates who would most threaten a KMT victory, without the precondition that the candidate must support the DPP’s presidential candidate in return,” DPP spokesperson Yang Chia-liang (楊家俍) said. “We would negotiate with them to see how we could cooperate in the election.”

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