Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is on the hunt for a new leader as its party chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) prepares to step down March 1 following her loss in the presidential election.
Recent media spotlight has leaned heavily on former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) with some pundits saying the position was his for the taking if he decided to run.
While attending a friend’s wedding over the weekend, Su laughed when asked if he was planning on running. He thanked people for their support, saying it was still “too early” to tell and that he “hadn’t come to a decision yet”.
Former Tainan county commissioner Su Huan-chih (蘇煥智) and former DPP legislator Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮) have thrown their hats in the ring for party elections slated to happen May 27.
Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), a rising star within the party who was earlier tipped as a potential acting chairperson, said she preferred to concentrate on her current role.
A week before stepping down, Tsai will submit her post-election review of the DPP’s performance on Feb 22.
The next DPP chairperson will serve from May to 2014, and some have suggested amending the party charter to allow Tsai to serve a third term.