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Tsai registers for DPP chair election, urges generational shift

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday listed a generation-shift within the party as her chief political promise if she were to win the chairperson elections once more.

Tsai submitted her registration for the election several days after DPP bigwigs Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) announced their withdrawal from the upcoming race.

The former Chairwoman stated that she was “immensely grateful” to Su and Hsieh.

The first thing on Tsai's agenda would be to speed up a generational shift within the party, allowing the younger generation of political leaders to step into the shoes of their predecessors and having them hold meetings about the new organization.

Centered on “the rebuilding of trust between the people and the DPP,” Tsai released her political platform for her next potential term as party leader, noting that the DPP should strengthen its communication with the people instead of restricting itself to an opposition mindset. The party should work to unite the people's power and thoughts in order to rebuild the people's trust in the DPP.

Tsai also remarked on her hopes that the DPP will build a trusting relationship with citizen groups and push for joint events and goals in the future. “The political parties do not necessarily have to be the leaders ... we should relate to the citizens and become their partners,” said Tsai, who also announced her plans of holding talks with citizen groups regarding Taiwan's economic strategies and constitution reforms.

The party ought to learn to expand talks between the generations, said Tsai, who has planned a series of conferences and a project to cultivate a new generation of leaders for the DPP's many committees.

The DPP will not be shying away from cross-strait relations in the future, but all interaction will be based on democratic procedures, equality for both sides, thorough communication and legal supervision, Tsai announced.

Aside from Tsai, former Kaohsiung County deputy commissioner Kuo Tai-lin (郭泰麟) also submitted his registration to run for chairman yesterday.

People's Distrust the Biggest Challenge: Tsai

Tsai hoped for the chairman elections to be smooth sailing and to unite the party for future challenges. The DPP's current challenge is the people's distrust in Taiwan's government and political parties, a result of the political structure in Taiwan over the years and the nation's “political culture.”

Nuke 4 Referendum a Must: Tsai

Tsai also noted her support for a referendum on the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, known colloquially as Nuke 4, adding that the DPP's recently proposed version was the suitable approach.

The draft will be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for deliberation; the DPP hopes the government will halt the construction of Nuke 4 before 2015.

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Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), right, gives a speech on her political views at the DPP's headquarters in Taipei, yesterday. Tsai submitted her registration to run for chairwoman after incumbent Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and former Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) withdrew from the race. (CNA)

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