Cabinet Secretary-General Cho nominated for DPP chairmanship election

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) Cabinet Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai (???) has been nominated by a group of young Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members to run for the chairmanship of the party.

The group, led by Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (???), on Thursday put forward Cho's name, saying they will accompany him Friday afternoon to register as a candidate at the DPP's headquarters in Taipei.

Cho, 59, could not be reached for comment on the issue.

If he accepts the nomination for the Jan. 6 election, he will be competing for the leadership of the DPP against the party's former secretary-general You Ying-lung (???) and Kuo Tai-ling (???), who was deputy chief of the now-defunct Kaohsiung County.

The group that nominated Cho includes Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (???), Chiayi County Magistrate-elect Weng Chang-liang (???), former lawmaker Chen Chi-mai (???), outgoing Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (???), Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Men-an (???), and Tainan mayor-elect Huang Wei-che (???).

Cho, who has served in several government posts and was a lawmaker from 1999 to 2004, is seen as a "big brother of the younger generation," according to Cheng.

The post of DPP chairperson was vacated by President Tsai Ing-wen (???) on Nov. 24, after the DPP suffered heavy losses in the local government elections and since then, there have been calls within the DPP for younger party leadership.

On Nov. 24, the DPP won only six of the 22 municipal seats in the country, while the opposition Kuomintang took 15.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channels