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New Tide takes lion's share in DPP poll

The New Tide (新潮流) faction and power blocs centered on Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) picked up the lion's share of seats in the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Central Executive Committee (CEC, 中執會).

At the Taipei International Convention Center yesterday, 557 of the 560-delegate DPP's National Congress elected the 30 members of the CEC.

The Hsieh, Yu and New Tide factions picked up 5, 6 and 6 seats, respectively.

The National Congress voted in three of DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang's proteges — Chung Jen-yu (鍾鎮宇), Lu Sun-ling (呂孫綾), and Tsai Hsien-hao (蔡憲浩) — along with the Su-affiliated Sung Chih-kun (洪智坤).

Factions centered on Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu and the Green Friendship Alliance (綠色友誼連線) reaped three seats each.

Independence-leaning Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮) of the "Grandparents faction" (公媽派), Attorney Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) of Chiayi, and Hsieh-associated Wang Ding-yu (王定宇) of Greater Tainan were also tapped for the CEC.

The New Tide faction emerged as the biggest winner in the Central Standing Committee (CSC).

According to DPP regulations, the 10 members of the CSC are chosen by and among the 30 members of the CEC.

New Tide members Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康), Yen Hsiao-ching (顏曉菁) and Wu Sze-yao (吳思瑤) were seated on the key committee.

One seat each went to the Chen Chu faction, the Green Friendship Alliance and the Su faction.

Two members of the Yu faction — Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃) and Yu Shyi-kun himself – also took seats.

Former Premier Frank Hsieh and his affiliate Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) were also elected to the committee.

The National Congress also elected 10 members to the Central Review Committee (中評會), which reviews the party's financial accounts, budgets and other internal affairs.

The DPP formally abolished factions in 2006, but spheres of influence persist.

Current Chairman Su has linked arms with the New Tide faction and Green Friendship Alliance to consolidate his power base, but a handful of variables keep the "New Su Alliance" precarious.

Tensions appear to be growing between the New Tide faction and Su over his alleged backing of Chai, according to a DPP official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The "southern crest" of the New Tide has reportedly drawn in Chen, who pundits say would be a pivotal player in a showdown between Su and Tsai Ing-wen.

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