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DPP to start recall process after CNY break

TAIPEI--The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said it plans to launch a campaign to recall legislators and then the president after the Lunar New Year holiday in mid-February, a DPP official said yesterday.

The DPP is still preparing the recall plan and has not established a list of legislators it intends to recall, according to the official, who asked not to be identified.

The campaign will be discussed in detail before the Lunar New Year and launched after the holiday, he said of the plan, which has almost no chance of success because of the high threshold needed to recall public officials.

At a mass rally a day earlier, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang argued in favor of recalling President Ma Ying-jeou and unidentified legislators to give expression to the public's so-called anger.

The rally was part of a month-long “Fury” drive to give people a chance to express their dismay with what the DPP sees as the government's poor handling of Taiwan's pension system, nuclear power policies and a controversial media merger.

The campaign must wait until after the Lunar New Year holiday because Taiwanese law stipulates that recall campaigns cannot beinitiated after the president and legislator serve at least one fullyear of their current term in office.

Incumbent legislators took office on Feb. 1, 2012, and the president began his second term on May 20, 2012, so the campaign will target legislators first, the DPP official said.

Two former DPP legislators acknowledged the difficulty of the challenge.

“It's not easy to recall a president or legislators. The appeal represents people's anger, and the significance lies in helping people vent their anger,” said Lin Cho-shui.

Former DPP Legislator Julian Kuo agreed that the chances of recalling the president were minimal because the KMT commands aclear majority in the Legislature.

1 Comment
January 15, 2013    carltanong@
I thought the rally and demonstration of the DPP-TSU "FURY and ANGER" was aimed to show the people grievances against the government in terms of the poor and other NO common agenda issue. But DPP’s primary goal is to gain their own political power

I was in Taipei again with my Taiwanese friends having dinner where I checked in at No ?, Lane ?, Section ?, ZhongShan N. Rd., Zhongshan District.

1/13 night. There is a dining table listed as RESERVED. Soon two gentlemen occupy that table and began the order and who knows that is a grand dinner menu.

One of my Taiwanese friends recognized the two gentlemen as a DPP lightweight member.

DPP chairman, Su Tseng-chang. While u blah blah blah. Your two lightweight DPP are enjoying those expensive foods while we just ordered a very simple gourmet meal such as a piece of Hungarian sausage, toasted bread, fried egg, mash potato and sweet corn. Our dessert is just a fruit salad.

DPP Chairperson Su Tseng-chang. Better UNDERSTAND yourself as USELESS politician without any EXPERIENCE even doesn't know how to make a simple guideline to your own DPP member NOT to abandon their post while you are blah blah blah.

For Tsai Ing wen, don't play game with your game by pretending to apologized of your defeat in the 2012 presidential election, which led to public misery. Just accept the fact that u are no longer to be the First Woman to become the President of the "government in exile"(your own term for Republic of China).Because you are incompetent to be the president of R.O.China.

DPP chairman Su Tseng-chang. Continue your rally and demonstration. I will be there to enjoy your blah blah blah just like last MAY, you used the senior citizens group 80+ tired, sickly and sleepy to parade in XIMINTING-KUNMING road above the motorcade. SHAME!
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