By: Lee Ming-tsung and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) Taiwan’s Green Party and Social Democratic Party (SDP) will form a political union and jointly field national candidates to increase their chances of winning some legislator-at-large seats in the Legislature next year, officials of the two parties said Sunday.
Green Party Secretary General Hsu Po-jen (許博任) and his SDP counterpart Yeh Hung-ling (葉虹靈) said they were finalizing the joint strategy in a bid to break through the stranglehold of the two political camps that are increasingly inclined towards the business community.
During media interviews, Hsu and Yeh said that since their parties share similar values — such as workers’ rights and higher taxes for big corporations — they will join forces to get past the electoral threshold and form a real opposition in the parliament to monitor government performance. [FULL STORY]