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DPP's Tsai rejects calls to alter party's election rules

Presidential hopeful Tsai Ing-wen yesterday dismissed a proposal by her rival, former Premier Su Tseng-chang, to revamp the Democratic Progressive Party's primary rules.

Su has proposed that a pre-primary public opinion poll be conducted to gauge the support of hopefuls, and that the most popular candidate, identified by the survey, enter the primary with the full support of others.

Su, who has yet to formally declare his candidacy, is seeking to avoid a showdown vote in the primary that could divide the DPP.

Tsai responded to the proposal by saying that all DPP members agreed that unity must be maintained throughout the primary process, and that she respected and understood the reasons behind Su's suggestion.

But a change in the primary process is not just a matter between a few candidates, it must be considered from the perspective of the entire party, said Tsai, who resigned as the DPP chief last week after announcing her presidential bid.

Tsai made the remarks as she visited former DPP Premier Yu Shyi-kun to confirm his support.

Yu, who has shown strong support for Tsai, held a closed-door meeting with the ex-DPP chief.

Tsai on Thursday visited former President Lee Teng-hui seeking his endorsement. But Tsai, coming out of the meeting, declined to reveal whether Lee had given her his blessing.

Meanwhile, Su remained tight-lipped about the possibility of his presidential candidacy as he arrived at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei to give a lecture titled, "Things more important than politics."

"If there is a chance, I will not forget my original purpose and will keep on working hard," Su said, in response to queries about when he would declare his presidential candidacy.

He said it was natural for Tsai to seek Yu's backing, but that the "most important thing" now was how the DPP could win the presidential election.

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