Taiwan human rights lawyer Chiu Hsien-chih takes office as NPP Chairman

Former New Power Party Chairman Huang Kuo-chang believes the party can win more seats in the 2020 legislative election under Chiu’s leadership

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/03/01
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Newly elected New Power Party (NPP) Chairman Chiu Hsien-chih (邱顯智), top officials and two spokespersons took office on Friday, March 1, while outgoing Chairman and Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said he believes the new team can help the party win more seats in the 2020 legislative election.

The young party, founded in early 2015 by civil activists involved in the 2014 Sunflower Movement, won five legislative seats in the 2016 election, three from constituencies and two from proportional representation, to become the third largest party, trailing behind the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Kuomintang (KMT).

The party continued to win 16 seats at local councils across the country in 2018’s local elections.

Huang had been holding the post of chairman since 2015 and surprisingly announced to quit on Jan. 21. Human rights lawyer Chiu was elected as its new leader on Feb. 15.    [FULL  STORY]

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