Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: TPP ‘revolution’ is just beginning, Ko Wen-je says

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), chairman of the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), on Saturday night said the “revolution” was just beginning after his party won five at-large seats in Saturday’s legislative elections to become the third-largest party in the Legislative Yuan.

The next critical point would be the 2022 local elections, he said.

Although the party failed to secure regional legislative seats, it received 1,588,806 party votes, or 11.22 percent, to pass the 5 percent threshold for obtaining legislator-at-large seats.

It would also be eligible to receive government subsidies for campaign funding, as it passed the 3 percent vote threshold, and would be eligible to nominate a candidate for the 2024 presidential election.

“The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have taken turns being the ruling party over the past two decades, but the country has come to a standstill and people’s lives have not changed, so society must go beyond the blue-green divide to move forward,” he said. “The TPP is the new choice for the people, aside from blue or green.”

Creating an “inclusive society” and emphasizing “state governance” would be the TPP’s two main principles, Ko added.

When unreasonable bills are proposed, TPP legislators would not throw water balloons or file for a constitutional interpretation, but they would clearly explain why the party thinks the policy is wrong, Ko said.

As long as the bills or policies proposed are good for the people, the TPP would not limit itself to a certain ideology, and would cooperate with other parties, he said.

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