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Kaohsiung mayor to serve as interim DPP chair: Tsai

By Enru Lin--Outbound Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen announced yesterday that Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳陱) is set to step up as interim chair. Her term runs from March 1 to the party's formal election on May 27.

Chu has a solid mandate from the Central Executive Committee (CEC, 中執會), which approved the pick unanimously, said Tsai yesterday.

Chu herself was traveling and unavailable for comment. The DPP headquarters provided to local press her written acceptance.

"I have always believed that success does not exclusively spring from me, and that so many in the party are more talented than I. But buoyed by the great expectations of my comrades, I believe I should not make more efforts to transfer this responsibility," wrote Chu.

The week before, Chu announced that she does not intend to accept the DPP chair, due to her "main priority" as Kaohsiung City mayor.

Chu's statement yesterday underscored that Kaohsiung comes first.

"I will say it again. As Kaohsiung City mayor, the trust of the Kaohsiung people remains my heart's greatest concern. The people of Kaohsiung come first. Kaohsiung is a sentry post I will stand by to the end. That will not change," wrote Chu.

Also yesterday, the CEC formally approved the party's post-election self-evaluation.

Tsai Lists 'Personal' Deficiencies

"I have to admit there were many deficiencies in my personal efforts," said Tsai in a press briefing on the report.

Personal deficiencies include the handling of "party unity," "personnel arrangements," "campaign nominations," "composition of the campaign team," "election strategy," "policy defense and offensive,"and"communicating with society," according to Tsai.

The report also mapped out three directions for the next-generation DPP, said party spokesman Lin Yu-chang (林右昌).

Future projects include strengthening public trust in the party and responding to the increasing economic threat of mainland China, according to Lin.

"The 'China factor' is only going to persist and increase in importance," said Lin, "We're seeking a milder, more flexible and fine-tuned attitude toward China."

The third project is stepped-up investment in grassroots politics and traditionally blue electoral blocs, he continued.

Ballot trends from the just-concluded election make it clear that the DPP must incorporate Greater Taipei more deeply in its campaign strategy, said Lin.

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