New Taiwan DPP chairman says party must start from scratch

Cho Jung-tai assumed his tenure as chairman of the party today

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/01/090
By: Ryan Drillsma, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Cho Jung-tai officially became the new DPP chairperson Jan. 9 (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Former Executive Yuan secretary-general Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) assumed his tenure as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman today (Jan. 9), saying the party must start again from scratch.

Tsai Ing-wen stepped down as DPP chairperson after defeats in last year’s nine-in-one local elections, which saw a landslide victory for the Kuomintang (KMT) and many former DPP strongholds handed over. Tsai was temporarily replaced by Keelung mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌).

The results of the party chair by-election were announced on Jan. 6, and Cho beat off rival You Ying-lung (游盈隆) with 72.6 percent of the vote.

The DPP’s central advisory committee held the 16th chair handover ceremony this afternoon, CNA reports. The ceremony was completed under the supervision of party arbitration commission chairman Chang Cheng-hsiung (張政雄), and Cho was given the official seal of approval by Lin.    [FULL  STORY]

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