DPP to send delegation to observe South Korean election

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has announced it is sending a delegation to observe the upcoming presidential election in South Korea. The DPP holds the majority in Taiwan's legislature.

The delegation of 19 party members will be led by lawmaker Chen Ming-wen and party spokesperson Yang Chia-liang.

The head of the DPP's international department, Lo Chih-cheng, said political developments in South Korea have a major influence on the Asia-Pacific region, including Taiwan. He said it was important for the party to have a handle on changes in the country.

The election on May 9 was triggered by the impeachment and removal from office of former president Park Geun-hye. Polls show the frontrunner in the race is Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea. Support for Moon's leading rival, Ahn Cheol-soo of the People's Party, appears to have dropped away in the past week.

Source: Radio Taiwan International