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New Party (NP)

In August 1993, shortly before the Kuomintang's 14th National Congress, a group of dissatisfied KMT members, including six Legislative Yuan members and one former lawmaker, broke away from the KMT to establish the New Party (NP). The seven quit because of ideological differences and the "undemocratic practices of the KMT." Such prominent individuals as the former Finance Minister Wang Chien-shien and former head of the Environmental Protection Administration Jaw Shau-kong were among the founders of the NP, which adopted an anti-corruption and social justice platform. The goal of the NP was to attract voters who were dissatisfied with the performance of the ruling KMT and opposed to the DPP's advocacy of Taiwan independence. The NP now claims a registered membership of nearly 1,400.

The New Party differs from the KMT and the DPP in organizational structure, stressing the leadership of those holding public office. At the head of the party is the National Council. The chairman of the party is currently held by Yok Mu-ming.

In the 2001 election for Legislative Yuan members and county magistrates and city mayors, the NP fared poorly, immediately calling into question the future of the party. The New Party, which also split from the KMT, held several seats on the Taipei City Council, but has no legislators as of 2011.

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