Politicians with close ties to former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) announced yesterday the formation of a new political party that hopes to win as many as 40 seats in the year-end legislative elections.
\nFormer interior minister Huang Chu-wen (黃主文) unveiled the party's name, the Taiwan Solidarity Union (台灣團結聯盟), and the party's logo yesterday.
\n"We've adopted the word solidarity because we believe that it is the most important thing that all Taiwanese currently expect," Huang said during yesterday's press conference.
\nHuang said the party would attempt to help the DPP bring stability to the legislature and put an end to the struggle between the opposition alliance and the government.
\nAccompanied by roughly 20 members who will represent the party in the legislative elections, Huang also unveiled the party's logo.
\nThe emblem contains a brown-colored silhouette of Taiwan, symbolizing an earthy native focus. It is enclosed in a circle with a background of different shades of blue, which symbolizes the ocean.
\n"The logo means that Taiwan is just like the sun rising over the ocean," Huang said.
\nLee, the former KMT chairman, has repeatedly criticized his party with being a sore loser after last year's presidential elections, saying the party should not purposely block President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) policies in the legislature.
\nAccording to Huang, Lee authorized him to form a new party to contest the year-end election and cooperate with the DPP after the election.
\nThe party will hold a founding ceremony on Aug. 12 and announce a slate of legislative candidates later that day.
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PHOTO: CHEN CHENG-CHANG, TAIPEI TIMES
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