Mon, Jun 20, 2016 - Page 3 News List

NPP opens new headquarters in Taipei

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday inaugurated its new Taipei headquarters and vowed to expand its support base in the city so it can win more at-large votes in the 2020 legislative elections.

“We hope to recruit more young people to participate in politics. We would like more young people to join the [Taipei city councilor] race in 2018,” said NPP Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐), who was named director of the new headquarters.

NPP Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) has ambitious plans for the party.

“With the inauguration [of the city chapter], we want to expand our support base, and hopefully, under Freddy’s leadership, we will have victory in 2018,” Huang said. “And in 2020, we could win at least 300,000 at-large ballots in Taipei.”

The NPP won 89,291 votes — or 6.21 percent — in Taipei in the January elections, according to the Central Election Commission.

Politicians across party lines, including Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Rosalia Wu (吳思瑤), DPP Taipei City chapter director Huang Kuo-shu (黃國書), Social Democratic Party convener Chen Shang-chih (陳尚志) and Green Party Taiwan convener Liang Yi-chih (梁益誌), attended the event.

Ko said he hopes that the NPP, as a young party, might bring a new vision to Taiwan.

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