Taipei Times: A-bian’s TAPA starts dissolution

The Taiwan Action Party Alliance (TAPA) yesterday announced that it has begun the dissolution process.

The decision followed the announcement on Jan. 12 by former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), the party’s spiritual head, that he was withdrawing from politics.

TAPA failed to win any seats in Jan. 11’s legislative elections. It received 143,617 votes, or 1.01 percent of the party vote.

TAPA was founded in August last year and has advocated Chen’s stance of “one country on each side” of the Taiwan Strait.

The party nominated Chen as one of its legislator-at-large candidates, but the Central Election Commission disqualified his listing, citing the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法), which prohibits people who have been convicted of corruption from registering as a candidate.

Chen was sentenced to 20 years in prison on a series of corruption charges and is on medical parole.

“As the ‘gardener’ of TAPA, I feel deeply ashamed to have allowed this little tree to wither,” Chen said on Jan. 12.

After spending a night engaged in deep reflection, he decided that he could no longer contribute to the party or Taiwan, he said.

“From this day on, I would withdraw from politics. Thank you and good bye,” he said.

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