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DPP sets sights on reforms to party, constitution
Central News Agency
2014-04-09 10:52 PM
Taipei, April 9 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Wednesday it will seek to reform both the country's constitution and its own direction in the wake of the unprecedented student protest that has occupied the Legislature for three weeks. Spokesman Lin Chun-hsien said after a meeting of the DPP's Central Standing Committee that the party has resolved to support a legal framework for scrutinizing all agreements with China and agreed to insist on enacting that law before putting the cross-strait trade-in-services pact up for review. The committee also approved the establishment of a constitutional reform task force headed by the party's head of policy, Joseph Wu, who will invite experts, academics and party members to draw up a plan of action, Lin said. Former Premier Frank Hsieh said that the party has to take advantage of a golden window for reform based on the momentum built up by the student movement, but he said that window would last only one month or one-and-a-half months. He encouraged those contending for the party's chairmanship election next month to make their views on making reforms, Lin said. So far, Hsieh and former party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen have thrown their hats into the ring, and current Chairman Su Tseng-chang has implied that he will likely run as well. During the meeting Wednesday, DPP Chairman Su reportedly dismissed criticisms that Taiwan's largest opposition party had been marginalized during the protest against the services pact. To the contrary, he reportedly said, the party retreated to "the second line" to prevent the situation from descending into a faceoff between the DPP and the ruling Kuomintang. (By Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)
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