New DPP chairman to set up party-government platform

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Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) / CNA file photo

Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) / CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) Newly elected chairman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) said Monday he plans to establish a party-government platform made up of the president, premier, DPP legislative caucus whip and party chairperson, to undertake policy brainstorming and reviews after taking office Wednesday.

Meanwhile, an election platform and a service platform will also be set up within the DPP, according to Cho, a former Cabinet secretary-general, who was elected DPP chairman Sunday to fill the vacancy left by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) after she resigned the post Nov. 24, 2018, in the wake of a major defeat in the local government elections that day.

When the party nominates a candidate for the 2020 presidential election, he or she will also be included in the party-government platform, according to Cho.

The platform will not seek to make policy but focus on policy brainstorming, discussion and review, because policy making is under the authority of the Cabinet and the DPP caucus, Cho said.

Cho added that he hopes the introduction of the platform, will allow DPP lawmakers to play a more proactive role in the policy making process.

To cope with the needs of the 2020 legislative and presidential elections, an election platform will be established to discuss nominations and election strategy by party chapters and members, Cho said.

In addition, it is hoped DPP local chapters will use the service platform to engage more with civic groups, local communities and groups, Cho added.

The DPP is set to confirm Cho's election as chairman at its central advisory meeting Wednesday when he will officially take over the post from Acting Chairman Lin Yu-chang (林右昌).

Cho's term will run until May 19, 2020.

(By Ku Chuan and Evelyn)

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