Veteran DPP statesman highlights importance of 2-party system in Taiwan

Former presidential office advisor says 1-party dominance threatens Taiwan’s democracy

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/06/11
By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Former Presidential Office Advisor Koo Kwang-ming. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Amid concerns that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) would dominate Taiwanese politics after the once-mighty Kuomintang (KMT) Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) was voted out of office in Kaohsiung, veteran DPP statesman Koo Kwang-ming (辜寬敏) on Wednesday (June 10) stressed the importance of a two-party system to the country's democracy.

Last Saturday (June 6), Han suffered a devastating defeat in the vote to remove him from Kaohsiung City Hall, making him the first municipality leader in Taiwan's history to be recalled. Meanwhile, a recent poll conducted by the independence-leaning Taiwan Brain Trust also indicated that support for the KMT has dropped to a historic low of 9.2 percent.

During a press conference organized by the Taiwan New Constitution Foundation (TNC) on Thursday (June 11), Koo said he is personally opposed to the idea of a one-party system. He pointed out that Taiwan should have at least two legitimate parties to determine its future and that one-party rule would not be beneficial to the island nation's development.

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