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Tsai warns DPP that party must abandon out-of-date policies

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) spoke yesterday about how the party must adapt to changes, and that it is necessary to abandon the party's out-of-date policies.

With the election for DPP chairman coming, both Tsai and current chairman Su Tseng-chang are reportedly competing for the position. Despite the fact that Tsai has not confirmed these rumors, her New Year's greeting speech was interpreted by many local media outlets to be a "pre-election declaration."

The former chair said that Taiwan is like a ship that has lost its course at sea, with local industries and people being enshrouded by anxiety and the nation caught, either to be dragged down into the ocean or to give rise to crucial changes. "The darkest of times paves the way for the dawn. Society is calling to form a force for change," Tsai declared.

The current political situation is not stable enough to shoulder the responsibilities needed for a positive change in Taiwan, and people have lost confidence in the ruling party, said Tsai. "But the support that the ruling party lost did not turn into support for the opposition. This is the crisis that Taiwan's political parties face and the complicated situation the DPP should face and ponder," Tsai stated.

Abandoning Su for Tsai?

It was reported earlier last month that Tsai would be teaming up with former Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) to compete for the party chair seat against Su. According to an unnamed source within the DPP, either Tsai or Hsieh will be running against Su; local media outlets reported that both potential candidates are looking to avoid a three-candidate election and will later decide who is to run against Su.

Pan-green aspirant for Taipei Mayor Wellington Ku (顧立雄) attended the New Year's greeting with Tsai, who lauded the lawyer and asked the people to encourage him. Ku, who had spoken about his mayoral bid numerous times with Su, was asked by the media about whether his presence at Tsai's event meant that he would be "abandoning Su for Tsai" in regard to the DPP chairman elections.

Ku replied that Tsai had vouched for him before when he had expressed a wish to run for Taipei Mayor. "Both Su and Tsai may be rooting for me, it would be a great help," said Ku.

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