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DPP's Tsai urges party to reconnect with the public

TAIPEI -- The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has to make “fundamental changes” and “re-establish its relationship with society or face rejection by society,” former DPP chief and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen said yesterday.

In a Facebook post on New Year's Day, Tsai said that “when we allow civic groups to take our place on the streets,” the DPP has to start thinking about transition.

Anti-nuclear demonstrations in the past year, as well as street protests in the wake of the controversial death of an Army corporal, were largely organized by civic groups rather than by the DPP.

A political party's relationship with society is constantly changing, she said. “It's both lazy and selfish if we use the old way of thinking when we face an entirely different society.”

She did not elaborate on the changes needed for the party to win back power.

In response, a DPP spokesman said only that the party respects Tsai's opinion.

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