Tsai has no imminent plans to contest DPP leadership spot: aide
The China Post news staffTsai Ing-wen, former chairwoman and one-time presidential candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has no immediate plans to run for the top position of Taiwan's main opposition party, according to one of her close aides.
September 23, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
There has been persistent speculation that Tsai has been preparing to challenge the leadership spot with the DPP scheduled to hold leadership elections in May of next year.
In spite of divided opinions in Tsai's camp over whether she should re-contest the DPP leadership, those advocating the move seem to have recently gained the upper hand, according to some media reports.
The Chinese-language Apple Daily reported that there is now an increasing possibility that Tsai is gearing up to run against incumbent DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang in the looming leadership battle.
However, Hung Yao-fu, a spokesman from Tsai's office, reaffirmed yesterday that Tsai has no instant plan to run for DPP chair for the time being.
He also asserted that there has been no formal discussion on the issue in Tsai's camp.
Hung said the DPP should be focussing on solidifying the social forces in Taiwan and standing alongside the people to lead the nation toward further progress.
This is Tsai's current concern and she has no intention to challenge for the DPP leadership position at the current stage, he added.
Wang Ming, a DPP spokesman with close ties to Su, said that he has not yet heard of Tsai's plan to contest the next leadership election.
When pressed by reporters, Wang said that he has no particular views on whether Tsai is going to join the leadership race.
He also evaded the question of whether Su himself has decided to run for re-election and another t erm as DPP chairman.
Wang added that Su is currently concentrating only on serving his current term as DPP leader as the nation is encountering many problems that need to be solved as soon as possible.
Some analysts pointed out that there is little doubt that Su will seek another term while Tsai still leaves the issue open, though her aide stressed that she has no impending plan to challenge the DPP leadership at the present stage while making no statement ruling out the possibility.
The outcome of the party leadership fight will dictate the DPP's candidate and strategy for the next presidential election to be held in January 2016, sources said.