Monday, April 16, 2012

DPP’s upcoming leadership transition

l  Two major issues have—and will continue to—dominated Taiwan’s domestic politics in recent weeks, both related to the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

 l  The first concerns the DPP’s election for the next chairperson on May 27. At the moment, former Premier Su Tseng Chang remains the frontrunner, and the race is essentially Su’s to lose.

l  The second issue relates to the ongoing signature drive—in the Legislative Yuan (LY) and around the island—to petition for a presidential pardon of former President Chen Shui-bian (CSB).

l  Since early this year, CSB has been experiencing acute coronary syndrome that led to a cardiac catheterization procedure last month. A number of pro-independence groups have since publicly called for a full presidential pardon on the former president to ease inter-party tensions, and a petition drive followed that will likely gather momentum and increase pressure on the government.

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