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DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang will not run for re-election (update)
Central News Agency
2014-04-14 10:08 AM
Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Taiwan's main opposition party leader Su Tseng-chang said Monday that he will not seek re-election as party chairman to avoid "damage" to the party in the run-up to important local elections in November. Two former chiefs of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Tsai Ing-wen and Frank Hsieh, have announced their bid for the job. There was no immediate response from the two contenders. Candidacy registration for the May 25 election began Monday. In a Facebook post, Su said the party has to stick together in order to win the municipal and other local elections to be held on November 29. "One less (internal) fight would mean less damage to the party," he said. "Since two former party chiefs have said they will run for the post, I have decided after careful consideration not to stand in the chairmanship election." Su said that, while it is encouraging to see the DPP consistently do better in opinion polls than the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) over the past year, it has not met the people's expectation for a selfless and united party that can defend their rights. Su, 66, gave no indication of his plans beyond the chairmanship election. He and Tsai, 57, are said to be fierce rivals both interested in running for president in 2016. (By Sohpia Yeh and Jay Chen)
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