DPP postpones its presidential primary

A TIME FOR UNITY? DPP Chairman Cho Jung-tai urged party members to use the time to coordinate between the two sides and avoid public support for either camp

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 11, 2019
By: Yang Chun-hui and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporters

Top Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials have decided to delay the start of the

Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Cho Jung-tai, left, walks past a crowd of reporters at the DPP’s headquarters in Taipei yesterday as he prepares to chair a Central Executive Committee meeting.Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

party’s presidential primary from Friday to May 22, with the time frame for a public opinion poll to be worked out later, DPP Secretary-General Luo Wen-chia (羅文嘉) said yesterday after a meeting of the DPP Central Executive Committee.

Meanwhile, a five-member mediation panel would confer with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and her challenger, former premier William Lai (賴清德), to finalize the process to determine the DPP’s candidate for next year’s presidential election.

The proposal to delay the primary was raised at the meeting and passed without opposition, “so the committee members will all bear responsibility together,” Luo said, adding that it would “foster unity within our party, without making changes or interrupting the primary process.”

There have been serious concerns of a major crisis developing that could lead to the party splitting up, as Lai, who has insisted that there should be no change to the party’s primary process, has mounted a strong challenge to Tsai for the nomination.

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