DPP elects Central Executive, Standing Committee members
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-21 04:47 PM
DPP Chair Tsai Ing-wen appeared to be in firm control of the situation as the party kicked off its 20th national convention Sunday. Operating under a new procedure for electing members of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) and Central Standing Committee (CSC), party members elected two key members of the Tsai camp to the Central Executive Committee as Tsai looked on. The subsequent election of DPP legislator Chen Ming-wen and former DPP Secretary-General Su Jia-chuan to the CSC augurs well for Tsai as the party gears up for its run at the 7-in-1 elections in November.

After viewing the results of the elections Tsai was exuberant, saying that those who claim “politics sucks” are wrong. She declared that she will lead the DPP in convincing the public to trust in the DPP and its values once more. Tsai said the DPP must win because of its own efforts, and not because of a failure on the part of the KMT; otherwise, she said, even if the DPP wins the elections its victory will be short-lived.

The DPP assembly elected a total of 30 members for the CEC, which in turn selected from among its number 10 members for the CSC. Chen Ming-wen’s election to the CSC went smoothly, but Su Chia-chuan’s fate hung in the balance through several rounds of balloting before he was finally also voted into the CSC.

In addition, faction leaders Frank Hsieh and Yu Shyi-kun were also elected to the CSC, as was Tsai Hsien-hao of Su Tseng-chang’s faction, indicating the party should continue to present a fairly balanced state of equilibrium at least for the near future.

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