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DPP executives in internal dispute

TAIPEI, Taiwan --  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) answered questions regarding his disagreement with former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) over the upcoming elections during a press conference yesterday, drawing an analogy comparing internal party dispute to that of an occupied maternity ward.

During the Q&A session following the "Democratic Progressive Party Alternative Energy Policies Press Conference," Su responded to the heated exchange of words between him and Hsieh during the "DPP Central Executive Committee Conference" the day before.

Centering around the issues initiated from the "Opposition Election Integration Proposal" written up by DPP executive member Hung Chih-kun (洪智坤), who also serves as campaign consultant to prospective Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), Su and Hsieh engaged in a heated 20-minute disagreement that turned into a prolonged argument on Facebook yesterday.

The dispute began following Su's decision to submit the proposal for review by the "2014 Election Strategic Coordination Committee" set up specifically in response to the election. After Su stated his decision, Hsieh took the floor to state that a review is the equivalent of an unspoken refusal of the plan, lest Su set out a planned schedule to update the issue. The boiling point of the 20-minute debate erupted when Su insisted on proceeding with his decision, with Hsieh criticizing Su's inability to listen to comments and suggestions. Both DPP members went on to engage in what conference attendees called Recitation Competition, each quoting policies, regulations and political essays by heart.

After the incident, Hsieh posted a photograph of the regulations he flawlessly repeated on Facebook. In response to the events, Su has been quoted as saying "It was as if we were in a maternity ward! It's loud, it's crazy, but the important thing at hand is the safe delivery of the baby (the election win)."

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