Newspaper article China Post

Ko's Remarks Embolden Enemies: Su

Newspaper article China Post

Ko's Remarks Embolden Enemies: Su

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In response to remarks by prospective Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je ([...]) that were seen as critical to his party, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang ([...]) yesterday said that Ko had hurt his allies with his comments and emboldened their enemies.

Ko, who is openly pan-green but does not possess DPP membership, said last week that he is still hesitant about registering his DPP membership mainly due to grave concerns that there could be "two suns" within the party. Ko's remarks were interpreted as a reference to a looming political fight between incumbent DPP Chairman Su Tseng and Tsai Ing-wen, a former party chairwoman and presidential candidate.

Apart from stressing that the DPP must make every effort to maintain solidarity in order to overpower the ruling KMT in upcoming elections, Su also warned the party to do its best to avoid being criticized by pan-blue camps in the future.

Potential pan-green candidates for Taipei mayor have been mounting. Aside from Ko, lawyer Wellington Ku ([...]), former Vice President Annette Lu ([...]), DPP Legislator Hsu Tain-tsair ([...]]) and Taipei City Councilor Chou Po-ya ([...]) have all expressed their desire to compete for the much-coveted position.

The DPP was reported to have been torn over choosing a candidate for the election, and DPP Legislator Chao Tien-lin ([. …

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