DPP needs internal unity to rally public support: President Tsai

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)

Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday called for self-reflection and unity within her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to regain public support in the wake of its defeat in the recent local government elections.

In brief comments to the media, Tsai said the DPP also took a drubbing in the 2008 elections, from which it should have learned that “infighting is not the best antidote” but rather could be poison.

“In the face of difficulties, it is most important to stay united,” Tsai said to the press in a hallway in the Presidential Office building.

She said she thinks a consensus has emerged within the DPP to give priority to some serious soul-searching and engage in dialogue with the public in an effort to regain support as the party moves into the next phase.

In the wake of the DPP’s poor showing in the Nov. 24 local government elections, Tsai stepped down as party chairwoman to take “full responsibility” for the loss and she promised to change her leadership style as president to better meet the people’s expectations.

The heavy losses in the elections have led to squabbles among DPP officials over who should be the next party leader as well as over issues such as whether Tsai should adjust her reform agenda and whether a major reshuffle of the Cabinet and Presidential Office staff should be undertaken.

Meanwhile, Tsai said she would consider making it a regular practice to give media briefings in the hallways of the Presidential Office building so she can more readily address public concerns.