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Frank Hsieh denies fraud in DPP presidential preliminary

The internecine feud within the country's largest opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), is taking a turn for the worse in the run-up to the party's presidential primary as different factions fling charges and countercharges at each other.

Former premier Frank Hsieh, now a faction leader within the party and a supporter of party chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, yesterday described charges directed against him as “brainless,” after Chen Chin-de (陳金德), a former legislator, had accused his faction of using unethical manipulative tactics in an attempt to skew the polls in favor of the DPP chairwoman.

Solidarity means forsaking negative campaign tactics and the exchange of mutual attacks, but doesn't mean brainlessness or allowing intrusion by the Blue Camps with folded arms, Hsieh said in a message he posted on the social network Plurk.

Anyone can support “no one except whoever he or she wants to support,”and this is not only completely legal, but also an effective way to ward off the Blue Camp, he continued, adding leveling malignant charges against this position constitutes downright negative campaigning tactics. .

Hsieh has been trying to bump Su Tseng-chang, also a former premier, out of the way of Tsai, Chen said on April 14, alleging that Chau Lai-wang (曹來旺), another ex-legislator and a Hsieh faction loyalist, had told supporters of the Hsieh faction to support no one except Tsai and to lie about their ages, because responses by people aged 20-25 carry more weight in the polls, and who they will vote for in their responses to pollsters.

They were also told to say they support President Ma Ying-jeou, the most likely presidential candidate of the ruling party Kuomintang (KMT), when asked whether or not they support Su or Hsu Hsin-liang, another DPP heavyweight, in order to make Su and Hsu look bad in the polls.

As such, Hsieh and his faction have violated party discipline, Chen asserted.

Tsai, barely able to keep herself out of the fray, commented on the disputes through a spokeswoman.

Chairwoman Tsai, having said all there is to be said, hopes everyone will take the paramount importance of solidarity into consideration, try mutual tolerance for the sake of the party, and refrain from further clashes, Hsu Chia-ching, campaign spokeswoman for Tsai, said yesterday.

Su also calls for solidarity. Only through solidarity can we accumulate energy to catapult the party into a 2012 win, he said through a spokesman yesterday.

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