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2019-08-14 | 公共電視

NPP Loses Another Lawmaker Following Hung Departure|與黨理念不同 洪慈庸宣布退出時代力量

Legislator Hung Tzu-yung suddenly held a press conference to announce she is withdrawing from the New Power Party due to differing ideals. This means the NPP now only has three seats in the Legislative Yuan.

I have to apologize to some of my friends in the party that I had to make this decision at this time.

Shortly after she called on the New Power Party to do everything it can to change party Chair Chiu Hsien-chih's mind about resigning, a teary Hung Tzu-yung announced her withdrawal from the party. Citing "differing ideals," the lawmaker apologized to her supporters. Her withdrawal came just days after lawmaker Freddy Lim left the party.

There are only five months until the election in 2020. There is no more time to waste. If I stay, I would only be a burden to everyone. Therefore, I am willing to help the New Power Party move in the direction it wants to.

At the time of Lim's withdrawal, Hung said the ties that bound her to the party were strong and that was why she wasn't leaving the party with him. She said she was committed to staying with the party and working hard on its behalf. She now says she will run for legislator in 2020 as an independent. Like Lim, she says the NPP lacks direction and the party should plant roots instead of focusing solely on at-large seats.

If a party has already made a nomination -- how should the New Power Party proceed? Should it let us candidates drown over there by ourselves, or do we have other choices?

The NPP has certainly had its share of drama lately. In July, it suspended lawmaker Kawlo Iyun Pacidal's party membership over allegations of corruption. With Lim and Hung leaving the party, the NPP now has just three seats in the legislature: Huang Kuo-chang, Hsu Yung-ming and National Taiwan University professor Jang Show-ling, who the party hopes can take Kawlo's seat. The NPP was at one time the third largest party in the legislature but has perhaps peaked. Lim says he tried to convince Hung to stay in the party, but her mind was made up.

(Will you team up with Legislator Hung Tzu-yung?) (She is also an independent legislator now.) I don't think there's any other choice, regardless of whether you're talking about past, present or future. Actually, Tzu-yung is an extremely good partner for me. Over these past four years, from when the party was established until now, we've often been of one mind.

Hung says she will not join the Democratic Progressive Party.

立委 洪慈庸表示:「我要跟黨內一些朋友說對不起,這個時間點,我必須做這樣的決定。」

語帶哽咽向支持者道歉,時代力量立委洪慈庸,才呼籲要全力慰留邱顯智留任黨主席,沒想到卻拋出震撼彈,召開記者會,表示與黨的理念不同,宣布退出時代力量,這也是繼林昶佐後,時力第二位立委宣布退黨。

立委 洪慈庸表示:「2020這場選舉,已經只剩下5個月的時間,已經沒有時間再這樣消耗下去了,如果我留下來,對大家來講是一個羈絆,那我願意成全,我願意成全時代力量,往它要的方向走。」

洪慈庸曾坦言對黨割捨不下,所以在林昶佐退黨時,選擇不跟進,留下來繼續努力,現在決定退黨並以無黨籍的身分,投入2020立委選舉,理由同樣是沒感受到黨內要處理路線分歧,她認為時力不該只著重於不分區,而是要深耕基層。

立委 洪慈庸表示:「如果友黨已經提名了,接下來,時代力量應該要怎麼走?是讓我們候選人在那邊自生自滅?還是我們還有什麼其他的方法?」

時代力量近來風波不斷,立委高潞・以用因助理涉利用職務之便拿政府補助遭到除名,立委林昶佐、洪慈庸相繼退黨,現在時代力量立委席次只剩下3席,包括黃國昌、徐永明,以及可望遞補高潞.以用的台大教授鄭秀玲。時力從過去立院第三大黨,如今面臨分崩離析,對此,率先退黨的林昶佐表示,這幾天有勸洪慈庸留下,但她心意已決。

立委 林昶佐表示:「(會跟洪慈庸委員一起攜手嗎?她現在也是無黨籍的委員。) 我想這是一定要的,這不管是過去還是到現在,以及未來,其實慈庸,都是都是我非常好的夥伴,這4年多來,從創黨到現在,我們很多的想法都很一致。」

退黨後會不會加入民進黨?洪慈庸強調不會,她選擇走出時力困局,卻也讓紛擾不斷的時代力量再次受到嚴重打擊。

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