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Su warns mayoral hopeful Ko against joining DPP without firm conviction

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said on Saturday that Taipei mayoral hopeful Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) should not join the party with reluctance.

“Elections involve the cooperation of people sharing the same ideals and goals,” said Su while in attendance at the Taipei & Kaohsiung Lion Dance Festival. “It is a shared accomplishment that will be celebrated by teamwork, and no one should be pressed to participate.”

Ko, director of the Department of Traumatology at National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) issued a press release on Dec. 9 declaring his willingness to stand as the DPP's candidate for mayor of Taipei next year.

Though famous for his comments attacking the lack of action and integrity by both major political parties in Taiwan, Ko has been more openly supportive of the governing policies and goals of the DPP, and stated in his press release that he has never ruled out the possibility of joining the DPP.

In his press release, Ko claimed to have requested detailed information regarding his rights and obligations should he join the DPP. Yet the answers given by various party sources proved contradictory and provided no constructive answer with which to resolve the problem.

The most obvious inconsistency concerns Ko's eligibility as a mayoral candidate representing the DPP. Certain officials from the DPP denied Ko's eligibility, citing a 2-year minimum term of membership before any member could represent the party for political office, a claim which contradicts Su's earlier claims as to the abolishment of the said policy. “I have never ruled out entering the DPP,” said Ko. “What I am concerned about, however, is what happens after? Whose words should I listen to?”

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