Friday, February 24, 2012

What’s next for the DPP?

l One month after losing the presidential election, Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has apparently remained in disarray, from its organization to policy.

l With DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen set to step down at the end of February to take responsibility for losing the presidential election in January, there seemed to be a “wait-and-see” attitude among the different factions and party leaders, making the rank-and-file unsure of the party’s future.

l As such, it may take months before Taiwan’s largest opposition party reconciles internal differences and recuperates from consecutive losses in presidential election.

l  In the party's post-election report, Tsai had listed more than 20 reasons, including the party's cross-Strait policy, the response mechanism to crises during the campaign, the inefficient--and insufficient--campaign promotion, and the voting behavior of most Taiwanese returnees from China, that were deemed responsible for the party’s election failure.

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