Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Freddy Lim

Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Freddy Lim

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Talk about unlikely... Who would have imagined that a tattooed heavy-metal musician would break the stale standoffin Taiwanese politics between the KMT, which pushes for reunification with China, and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which is neither democratic nor progressive.

But in elections on 16 January, Lim and his New Power Party broke through, with six seats. The old Kuomintang-based KMT was routed in both legislative and executive elections; the new president is Tsai Ing-wen of the DPP, the first woman ever to hold the post.

New Power is trying to channel the voice of a younger generation of activists who most recently came to prominence in the Sunflower Movement, which challenged the highly unpopular KMT President Ma Ying-jeou's unscrupulous manoeuvrings to move the country further into China's autocratic orbit. …

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