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Pan-green members reject new party rumors

Former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) and DPP Councilor Chiang Chi-ming (江志銘) yesterday denied claims that former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has instructed pan-green members to establish a new political party.

If there are people within the opposition camp that are planning on such a move, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) ought to speak to them, Wu said.

The former first lady stressed that the opposition cannot be allowed to become divided over Chen, because the Kuomintang will benefit from it.

According to local reports, legislators from the One Side One Country Alliance (一邊一國連線), which was founded by Chen's son in 2010, are rumored to be planning on a breakaway from the DPP.

Several members of the alliance yesterday rejected the rumors.

Alliance Members Say Ignorant of Rumor Source

DPP lawmaker Mark Chen (陳唐山) said that he has always been actively concerned over the former president's wellbeing, but that as honorary chairman of the alliance, he has not heard of any such rumors.

Opposition Legislators Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃), Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) all said that they did not know where the rumors came from.

DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said that there was no evidence of alliance members wanting to set up a different party.

Gao, Su and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) yesterday visited Chen at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital (台北榮總).

Afterward, Gao related the former president's comment on the rumor and said that he hasn't encouraged anyone to set up a party.

What the former president did say was that the alliance will become a force equal to the Taiwan Solidarity Union (台聯) in 2014, Gao added.

DPP Central Executive Committee member Hung Chih-kun (洪智坤), however, said that members from the opposition camp are planning to set up another party because support for the former president and support for the cause of independence have weakened.

They may try to set up a party in two phases, Hung added.

Ex-President's Four Conditions

According to a statement released by the former president's office last night, Chen believes that four conditions must be met in order for there to be talk about setting up a party.

The four conditions are "popular support" (more than 1 million signed petitions), "consensus within the One Side One Country Alliance," "integration of nativist factions" and "appropriate timing."

Chen believes that at the present it would be better to talk about getting more people to join the alliance rather than setting up a party, the statement added.

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