Shu Chin-chiang decides to quit as chairman of TSU


Mon, Dec 25, 2006 - Page 3

Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Chairman Su Chin-chiang (蘇進強) has decided to tender a written resignation today after the party's poor performance in the Dec. 9 municipal elections in Taipei and Kaohsiung, TSU Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia (林志嘉) said yesterday.

Lin said the party's central executive committee will make a decision on Su's resignation after it holds a meeting today.

Shu offered to resign on Dec. 11 to take political responsibility for the TSU's defeat in the elections. His wish to step down became even stronger after paying a visit to former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), who is considered the "spiritual leader" of the TSU, on Friday, Lin said.

According to TSU sources, most party decision makers favor Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝), a TSU member and secretary-general of the private think-tank Taiwan Advocates, to be the next TSU chairman if Shu's resignation is accepted. The sources said that Lee called Huang later on Friday to probe him on any plans he had to succeed Shu.

The TSU candidates in Taipei and Kaohsiung fared poorly as both candidates won less than 1 percent of the vote in the two cities.