DPP caucus front-runners want unity during election

The China Post news staff

Front-runners in the race for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus convener said yesterday that they want internal unity and harmony in the electoral process. Both Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) and Hsu Tain-Tsair (許添財) are in the running for convener. The convener, secretary-general and whip are the top three posts in the DPP caucus. Approached by media before a caucus meeting yesterday, Hsu said he is “very sincere” about serving the public and believes that society expects a caucus reshuffle. Still, Hsu said, it is his hope that the party can maintain harmony and unity throughout the electoral process. Convener Ker, who is up for re-election, echoed his opponent. Negotiation is key, said Ker. In the next four years the DPP caucus will play a pivotal role, especially during the 2016 presidential election.

He continued that the caucus must integrate its combat forces. The three leaders of the caucus should be chosen with an emphasis on negotiation, open communication, and no infighting. Ker said he hopes the DPP’s factions will not intervene during the election, as factional maneuvers are “very harmful” to the party. If re-elected, Ker said he expects to invite Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen to sit-down talks over congressional oversight. Ker said talks will also include Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) of the Taiwan Solidarity Union (台灣團結聯盟) and the People First Party’s (親民黨) James Soong (宋楚瑜). Current DPP caucus whip Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) stressed differences between the elections for party chairman and caucus convener — the first is elected by party members and the latter by legislators. The two elections share not the slightest relation, Tsai said.