Focus Taiwan: DPP’s You elected speaker as new legislative session starts

Taipei, Feb. 1 (CNA) Veteran politician You Si-kun (游錫堃) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected speaker of the Legislative Yuan Saturday on the opening day of a new legislative session, garnering 73 votes from the 113 lawmakers.

With his election, 72-year-old You becomes the second DPP member to preside over Taiwan’s lawmaking body, where his party holds a majority of 61 seats.

In addition to support from the DPP, You’s candidacy for the speaker’s seat was also supported by pan-green lawmakers, including three from the New Power Party (NPP) and one from the Taiwan Statebuilding Party (TSP), as well as three independents and five Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) lawmakers.

You, one of the founding members of the DPP in 1986, was chair of the party from 2006-2007. He previously served as the nation’s premier from 2002-2005 though he has never been elected as a lawmaker.

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