DPP Lawmakers Welcome Lim Back with Open Arms 民進黨大力輔選 林昶佐驚險續任立委

The votes to recall Legislator Freddy Lim didn't meet the required threshold. Lim was heavily supported by the DPP against a recall, but refused to say whether he will join the party.


Freddy Lim returned to the legislature on Jan. 10 after a recall election failed. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Ting-fei welcomed him back with a hug. Lim also received congratulations from legislative assistants as he walked through the corridors. Lim said he will continue to do his job of representing Taipei's Zhongzheng and Wanhua districts. He declined to answer when asked any politics-related questions, including if he will join the DPP.

Freddy Lim, Legislator (Ind.): “If we get into another discussion about politics, whether it's about the next election or political planning, then the entire society will be unstable. If the entire society is unstable, that will give opportunities to those who are trying to stir up animosity and conflict.”

Chen Ting-fei, Legislator (DPP): “I believe he will make a choice on whether to join or not based on how he works for his constituency and what's best.”

Lee De-wei, Legislator (KMT): “There are perhaps more people in Taipei's Zhongzheng and Wanhua districts who believe he's a DPP legislator than those who don't think so. I think this will become a reality very soon.”

The threshold needed to recall Lim was not reached, but the number of votes for a recall greatly exceeded the number of votes against. Recall initiator Chung Hsiao-ping said the Kuomintang still has a chance, while a DPP legislator said the result shows that Taipei is still blue.

Chung Hsiao-ping, Recall Initiator / Taipei City Councilor: “The plates have shifted, and there has been excellent progress. It's a pity that more Zhongzheng residents didn't vote or else it would have passed. The KMT needs to be more united, and we will work hard to win back the legislative seat next time.”

Cheng Yun-peng, Legislator (DPP): “It's very clear that the KMT still has a strong base. If the ruling party is not careful, then the KMT could be successful in both recalls and referendums. We need to remember to always be clean, have self-respect, and consolidate with each step.”

The number of "yes" votes exceeded the "no" votes by about 10,000, leading to concerns that the DPP base did not show up even though they were ordered to do so by President Tsai Ing-wen. Her influence appears to be waning. DPP legislators said the party has many strategies to respond to recalls, and strengthening the number of "no" votes while preventing the number of "yes" votes from hitting the threshold is one of these strategies, and people can't draw conclusions just by looking at the number of "no" votes.

 

 

 

 

罷免投票沒有通過,林昶佐回到立法院,民進黨立委陳亭妃見到他,特別擁抱歡迎,林昶佐經過其他立委辦公室門口時,也有助理向他打招呼,恭喜他通過這一關,林昶佐表示接下來繼續扮演好中正萬華區立委的角色。至於未來是否會加入民進黨或相關政治議題,他都不願回應。

林昶佐表示:「如果又進入下一次選舉的討論,或是政治計算的討論的話,其實整個社會都會是浮動的,不外乎就是會讓這些想要去挑起仇恨,挑起對立的,就有機可乘。」

陳亭妃則認為:「在選區的經營,加入與不加入怎麼做比較好,她相信林昶佐會有一個選擇。」

國民黨立委李德維則說:「台北市的中正萬華區域,認為他是民進黨的立法委員,比認為他不是的人可能更多,所以我想應該馬上就會成真。」

這次罷免雖然沒過門檻,但同意票多過不同意票,罷免發起人鍾小平認為國民黨未來還是有機會,也有民進黨立委認為這反映台北市還是藍大於綠。

鍾小平指出:「板塊已經改變,有了非常好的進步,可惜中正區,如果多投一點就過關了,國民黨要更團結,我們努力下次再把立委拿回來。」

民進黨立委鄭運鵬則表示:「很顯然國民黨還是有很高的基本盤,如果我們執政黨沒有好好做,其實罷免跟公投很容易被國民黨闖關,這一點是隨時提醒我們要潔身自愛、步步為營。」

至於這次不同意票,差同意票1萬多票,是否沒有開出民進黨基本盤?對發出動員令的總統蔡英文來說,「後蔡英文時代」的權力掌控恐有所動搖,鄭運鵬回應表示民進黨對罷免案的因應策略有很多,像是不過度激化、使同意票跨不過門檻就是其中之一,不能單從不同意票票數過度解讀。
 

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