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Thread: #Taiwan independence hardliners set to form new party to challenge President Tsai Ing-wen - Veteran campaigner Kuo Pei-hung to unveil Formosa Alliance as new party on Saturday scmp.com/news/china/pol…
Hardline supporters of Taiwanese independence are set to form a new political party this week, splitting the so-called pan-green movement in a move that could hit President Tsai Ing-wen’s chances of being re-elected in January.
Yoshi Liu, a spokesman for the proposed party’s organising committee said Kuo Pei-hung, convenor of the Formosa Alliance, would formally announce the establishment of the new party on Saturday.
Liu said the new party would push for the formation of a “Taiwan nation and new constitution to realise the public desire to join the United Nations and counter China’s attempt to annex Taiwan”.
“We are eyeing no less than 10 legislature seats in the January elections and seek to have our own candidate to run for the 2020 presidency,” Liu said. Kuo was also part of a group of DPP hardliners who have questioned Tsai’s performance and ability to win re-election.
Liu said the new party would welcome “like-minded” supporters of independence who were upset by Tsai’s inaction in “rectifying” Taiwan’s status as a “normal country that enjoys human rights and national dignity”.
They demanded that she make way for former premier William Lai Ching-te, who has taken a more hawkish stance on independence but was defeated by her in the party’s primary.
If the new party puts up candidates in next year’s elections, its is likely to split the pan-green vote – the name given to a coalition of independence-leaning parties – and boost the chances of Han Kuo-yu, the candidate of the traditionally mainland-friendly Kuomintang.
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