Taiwan’s New Power Party loses another lawmaker

Hung Tzu-yung to follow Freddy Lim as independent

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/08/13
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Legislator Hung Tzu-yung (first left) announcing her departure from the NPP.
Legislator Hung Tzu-yung (first left) announcing her departure from the NPP. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Legislator Hung Tzu-yung (洪慈庸) announced Tuesday (August 13) she was leaving the New Power Party (NPP), adding to the crisis the small group has been facing over the past month.

On August 1, one of its most visible members, rock star Freddy Lim (林昶佐), said he was stepping out of the party to become an independent legislator. The crisis escalated when the party’s chairman, Chiu Hsien-chih (邱顯智), announced his resignation on Monday (August 12), though on Tuesday party leaders still said they were trying to persuade him to stay on.

Another one of the NPP’s original five legislators, Kawlo Iyun Pacidal, was facing expulsion due to allegations of corruption against an aide. However, due to the electoral system, if she is removed, the NPP can replace her with another member.

Hung, 36, first gained prominence as the sister of a conscript who died due to abuse by officers in 2013, while the NPP originated mainly with the 2014 Sunflower Movement against a trade agreement with China.    [FULL  STORY]

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