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DPP head throws weight behind Taichung candidate

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) held its weekly Central Standing Committee meeting in Taichung, yesterday, in a bid to increase the opposition's momentum in the upcoming legislative by-election.

DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang said recently that in order to effect regime change, the first step would be for the opposition to win the Jan. 26 by-election for Taichung's second electoral district.

Former Legislator Yen Chin-piao (顏清標) was removed from his post when he was convicted of graft, leading to a vacancy in the district.

Su held a press conference with party candidate Chen Shih-kai (陳世凱), urging voters to text others and get people to vote for Chen.

Su said that the DPP proposes to change the nation's policies, to dissolve the Cabinet, to impeach ruling party lawmakers as well as the president. The chairman further asked voters to give the DPP the support it needs by voting for Chen.

Chen also urged voters to elect him as a first step to impeaching Kuomintang lawmakers and President Ma Ying-jeou.

In addition to texting, the party plans to motivate voters through different means, Chen added.

According to local reports, Su announced his plan to stay in Taichung next week in order to help Chen win his election.

The chairman is scheduled to hold another press conference with the candidate this morning.

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Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang, second right, poses for a photograph with party candidate Chen Shih-kai (陳世凱), third right, and other opposition heavyweights, in Taichung, yesterday. Chen will be running for lawmaker of Taichung's second electoral district in the Jan. 26 by-election, following former Legislator Yen Chin-piao's (顏清標) removal over graft.(CNA)

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