Su, Hsieh Exit DPP Chair Election

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang ([...]) and former Premier Frank Hsieh ([...]) both announced their withdrawal from the looming chairman elections yesterday, leaving only one candidate in the race.

Along with former Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen ([...]), Su and Hsieh had expressed a desire to run for the party's leading position.

Su's motive was allegedly to pave the way for the 2016 presidential elections, in which he is considered to be a potential candidate.

Registration for DPP chairperson hopefuls kicked off yesterday.

Stating that he was reluctant to see the party torn, Su declared he would "let go and stand back to fight for Taiwan's future," never forgetting his initial motives.

Being one of the party's founders, Su stated that he has a lot of sentiment for the DPP, but for the last two years he felt more deeply the people's high expectations in the DPP and also their pain when the party fell short of expectations.

"Despite the DPP's climbing approval rates that surpass the Kuomintang's, the people are expecting to have a party capable of defending Taiwan's values and the rights of the people ... it is obvious that we have not yet achieved this," said Su, who stressed that he would not be running for chairman as the party could do with less disputes.

"It is only a few months until the 2014 elections. In order to win, our energy should not be divided; there is less harm done with one match less ... the people will not wait for the DPP in this new wave of democracy. Only when we side with the people will the party have a future," the DPP chairman said.

Hsieh followed Su's announcement by stating he had expressed his decision not to run for chairman over the weekend. …

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