Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) was officially established on Aug. 6 with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je becoming the party’s founding chairman.
The party constitution set the tone for the new chairman, who will strive for improving Taiwan people’s livelihood and Taiwan’s core value: democracy, freedom, diversity, an open-minded society, the rule of law, human rights, protecting the rights of underprivileged people and striving for sustainability. On the occasion, the party also launched the first-ever online voting system for electing party officials.
Also worth mentioning, the party registered 111 founding members, even though only 72 attended the party inauguration.
The ceremony was held in Taipei in an enthusiastic atmosphere. Outside, however, there were many groups of people protesting against Ko.
Among others, the Taiwan Solidarity Party (台灣團結聯盟) who launched their own campaign called Ko to “step down from his position before running for president.” Also, the Taiwan Republic Office (台灣國辦公室) condemned Ko for allegedly insulting Taiwan democracy pioneer Chiang Wei-shui (蔣渭水)by naming his political party after his political organization.