Eyes on Taichung first, then presidential recall: DPP
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has reported that the real planning for its recall offensive is on the backburner until after Taichung's legislative by-election on Jan. 26.
January 20, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
At a large-scale rally on Jan. 13, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang announced the party's intent to recall President Ma Ying-jeou and “anti-reform” Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers.
The opposition party is reportedly divided internally over how to go about the recalls, and has yet to issue a public statement regarding strategy.
DPP Secretary-General Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀) told media yesterday that the party has placed planning for the recall offensive on hold.
The DPP is concentrating its energies on securing victory for Chen Shih-kai (陳世凱) in the Taichung District 2 legislative by-elections on Jan. 26. Once the election is over, the party will turn toward a complete evaluation of recall strategies, said Lin on Saturday.
The party headquarters may establish a dedicated task force for the recall offensive, and all party views will be taken into consideration, he added.
Asked if the DPP means to target KMT lawmakers in Chiayi, Kaohsiung and Pingtung electoral districts, Lin declined to confirm. Aides have developed options, but that does not mean the DPP has settled on a list of recall candidates, he said.