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New Power Party

時代力量
Sî-tāi la̍t-liōng (Hokkien)
Shídài Lìliàng (Mandarin)
Sṳ̀-thoi Li̍t-liong (Hakka)
LeaderChiu Hsien-chih
SecretaryChen Hui-min
Deputy LeadersFreddy Lim
Hung Tzu-yung
Ko I-chen [zh]
Lin Yu-kai [zh]
Kawlo Iyun Pacidal
Chen Hui-min (陳惠敏)
Chen Wei-chung [zh]
Lin Liang-chun [zh]
Chen Chih-ming [zh]
Tseng Wen-hsueh (曾玟學)
Hsu Yung-ming
Lin Yi-ying (林易瑩)
Hsiao Hsin-cheng [zh]
Founded25 January 2015
HeadquartersTaipei City, Taiwan
IdeologyLeft-wing populism[1]
Progressivism
Social democracy
Taiwanization
Taiwan independence
Environmentalism
Direct democracy
Political positionCentre-left to Left-wing
Colours          Yellow, black
Legislative Yuan
5 / 113
Local Councillors
16 / 912
Website
www.newpowerparty.tw

The New Power Party (NPP; Chinese: 時代力量; pinyin: Shídài Lìliàng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Sî‑tāi Le̍k‑liōng) is a political party in Taiwan formed in early 2015. The party emerged from the Sunflower Student Movement in 2014 and advocates for universal human rights, civil and political liberties, as well as Taiwan independence/nationalism.[2][3][4] The party is a part of the political phenomenon known as the "Third Force" (第三勢力), in which new political parties, unaligned with traditional Pan-Green or Pan-Blue Coalitions, sought to provide an alternative in Taiwanese politics.[5] Nevertheless, the NPP's policies are very much aligned and closely matches the Pan-Green camp; thus the NPP cooperated with the DPP against the KMT in the 2016 elections, going as far as to run in traditional KMT strongholds to avoid competition with the DPP.[6]

The party was started by Freddy Lim, lead vocalist of Taiwanese heavy-metal band Chthonic,[7] veteran activist Michael Lin, human rights lawyers Lin Feng-cheng [zh], Chiu Hsien-chih, and other prominent figures of the Sunflower Student Movement. Lim headed the party-building process, which saw the inclusion of Hung Tzu-yung, sister of the late Hung Chung-chiu, environmental lawyer Ko Shao-chen [zh], and author-activist Neil Peng into the party. On 12 September 2015, the NPP was officially formed with the election of Huang Kuo-chang as executive leader, heading a leadership team of six deputy leaders.

The NPP won five legislative seats in the 2016 general election, 3 from constituencies and 2 from proportional, beating out long-time third party People First Party.

Platform[edit]

The NPP aims to rewrite the Constitution of the Republic of China, which operates under the assumption that the Republic governs all of China (including mainland China, which the ROC has not governed since 1949), to just refer to Taiwan.[7]

The NPP supports the legalization of same-sex marriage, and is generally in favour of abolition of capital punishment.

History[edit]

  • The party was established on 25 January 2015.[8]
  • Huang Kuo-chang was elected its leader on 13 September 2015.

Leadership[edit]

Party-building team (prior to September 13, 2015)[edit]

No Team Leader Deputy Team Leader Assumed office Left office
1 Freddy Lim Lin Feng-cheng [zh] 25 January 2015 1 July 2015[9]
Acting Huang Kuo-chang 2 July 2015[9] 12 September 2015

Party leadership team[edit]

Order Term Executive Leader Leadership Team Assumed office Left office
1 1 黃國昌.JPG Huang Kuo-chang Freddy Lim
Neil Peng
Hsu Yung-ming
Lin Feng-cheng [zh]
Michael Lin [zh]
Huang Hsiu-chen (黃秀禎)
13 September 2015 25 March 2016
2 Freddy Lim
Ko I-chen [zh]
Kawlo Iyun Pacidal
Lin Feng-cheng [zh]
Michael Lin [zh]
25 March 2016 January 2019
2 3 Ciu Sian-jhih (cropped).jpg Chiu Hsien-chih Freddy Lim
Hung Tzu-yung
Ko I-chen [zh]
Lin Yu-kai [zh]
Kawlo Iyun Pacidal
Chen Hui-min (陳惠敏)
Chen Wei-chung [zh]
Lin Liang-chun [zh]
Chen Chih-ming [zh]
Tseng Wen-hsueh (曾玟學)
Hsu Yung-ming
Lin Yi-ying (林易瑩)
Hsiao Hsin-cheng [zh]
1 March 2019

Election results[edit]

Legislative elections[edit]

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes (party votes) Outcome of election Election leader
2016
5 / 113
744,315 6.11% Increase 5 seats; Opposition (Unaligned) Huang Kuo-chang

In the 2016 Taiwanese general election, the first contested by the party, the NPP won five seats in the Legislative Yuan, making it the third largest party there. Three of the winners gained constituency seats and two were elected through the party list.

Name Constituency Term
Huang Kuo-chang 黃國昌 New Taipei 12 2016–2020
Hung Tzu-yung 洪慈庸 Taichung 3 2016–2020
Freddy Lim 林昶佐 Taipei 5 2016–2020
Kawlo Iyun Pacidal 高潞·以用·巴魕剌 Proportional Representation 2016–2020
Hsu Yung-ming 徐永明 Proportional Representation 2016–2020

Local elections[edit]

Election Mayors &
Magistrates
Councils Third-level
Municipal heads
Third-level
Municipal councils
Fourth-level
Village heads
Election Leader
2018
unified
0 / 22
16 / 912
0 / 204
0 / 2,148
1 / 7,744
Huang Kuo-chang

The New Power Party fielded 40 candidates for city and county councils across Taiwan in the local elections of November 2018. Sixteen NPP candidates for local office won.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 人民作主的新政治. newpowerparty.tw. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  2. ^ New Power Party Platform(Chinese)
  3. ^ "New Power Party announces leadership structure - Taipei Times". www.taipeitimes.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  4. ^ Taiwan's newest politicians include a rock star and an aboriginal activist
  5. ^ "Civic groups voice support for 'third force' - Taipei Times". www.taipeitimes.com. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  6. ^ 沒有符合條件的頁面. Retrieved 2016-04-06.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b Laskai, Lorand (2015-11-19). "Taiwan's Newest Political Party Was Co-Founded by a Tattooed Rockstar". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  8. ^ "'New Power Party' established, hoping to recruit 100,000 supporters". focustaiwan.tw. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  9. ^ a b "黃國昌 代理時代力量總隊長". United Daily News. 2015-07-02.
  10. ^ Cheng, Chi-feng; Liu, Chien-pang; Shih, Hsiu-chuan (25 November 2018). "Smaller parties make ground in city, county councils". Central News Agency. Retrieved 25 November 2018.

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