Taiwan’s freshly elected lawmakers will meet from February 1, with a brand new get together having fun with an outsized affect over laws after breaking by the self-ruled island’s long-entrenched two-party system.
Taiwan’s political panorama has been dominated for many years by two events, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), each outlined by how they’d strategy the democratic island’s relationship with China — which claims Taiwan as its territory.
The DPP’s Lai Ching-te received this month’s election to be president, however neither of the main events received sufficient seats to safe a majority within the 113-seat legislature. Taiwan People’s Party’s (TPP) Ko Wen-je got here final within the race to be President, however his get together secured eight seats and 1 / 4 of the votes to emerge as kingmaker within the new legislature.
When newly elected legislators take their seats on February 1, the primary order of enterprise shall be to elect the speaker — an essential function that can outline Taiwan’s legislative agenda.
After that, whichever get together has the TPP’s help can have sufficient votes to move laws.
“For the first time ever, you have a viable third party option that… gets to play that decisive kingmaking minority party status in the parliament,” stated political analyst Wen-ti Sung.
TPP’s arrival might imply a extra various and vibrant democratic scene for Taiwan’s future — or it might additionally translate to a logjam in Parliament.
But “a greater share of voters who previously felt underrepresented by existing political parties may now feel… a greater sense of empowerment”, Mr. Sung stated.
Mr. Ko has differentiated himself by saying it’s pointless to argue over the 2 situations of “unification” or “independence”, when there are “real problems” in Taiwan.