Focus Taiwan: Taiwan People’s Party emerges as country’s third party

Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) The Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), established by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) last August, has emerged as the country’s third largest party after Saturday’s legislative elections.

Although none of the candidates the party nominated in electoral districts won seats, it received nearly 1.6 million votes, or 11.2 percent, of the political party vote used to allocate legislator at-large spots, giving it five seats in the process.

The ruling DPP retained an absolute majority in the Legislative Yuan with 61 seats, while the main opposition KMT won 38, which means the TPP will not have the leverage in the lawmaking body it may have hoped for heading into election day.

But Ko said the TPP’s results met the party’s expectations and stressed that his party would work with both the pan-blue and pan-green camps on a national agenda.

“In the past, Taiwan has not made any progress under the rule of either blue or green powers, and the TPP will become a new choice beyond the two parties,” Ko said.

Ko said he expected the party to become a “role model” in the Legislature by examining policies based on their merits rather than focusing on politics.

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