The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Central Standing Committee yesterday agreed to form several anti-vote-buying centers and campaign teams for the legislative elections.
President Chen Shui-bian (
Chen said he was confident that the DPP could win 35 district legislator seats and 15 legislators-at-large seats in next month's polls. He also said a loss in those elections would not win the party sympathy votes in the March presidential election.
The Green Party Taiwan (GPT) staged a protest outside the DPP headquarters before the meetings, criticizing the party for abandoning its commitment to protect the environment.
GPT Secretary-General Pan Han-shen (
Pan led five or six supporters in chanting "black-gold DPP, incompetent in fighting global warming," and "sacrificing the environment, currying favor with business conglomerates."
Their protest was broken up by police officers deployed outside the building to protect Chen.
Attorney and environmentalist activist Robin Winkler (文魯彬) threw a book over the heads of the police officers before leaving.
In related news, Lin Mun-lee (林曼麗), whom the GPT has nominated as a candidate for legislator-at-large, said yesterday that she was no longer a DPP member because she had stopped paying her membership fees a long time ago. The DPP's Central Evaluation Committee was set to expel Lin yesterday.
"A better way to say it is that all the world's green organizations have expelled the DPP," she said.
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
CONTROVERSY: NHIA Director-General Lee Po-chang said an outcry over overseas Taiwanese not paying premiums, but having coverage, is pushing rule amendments Rules changes are being considered that would force Taiwanese who permanently live abroad to pay National Health Insurance (NHI) premiums for the period they were overseas before they can re-enroll in the system, National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) Director-General Lee Po-chang (李伯璋) yesterday said. The case of a married Taiwanese couple who lived in the US for about 30 years, but returned to Taiwan in April and tested positive for COVID-19 has again sparked public debate over why Taiwanese living abroad are allowed to use NHI resources, — although the couple’s expenses were not covered by the NHI. An often cited example
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