Pro-independence group will focus on middle class and poor The new chairman of the Taiwan Solidarity Union says he is considering giving the party a new name for the year-end legislative election. Huang Kun-hui, 70, the hardline pro-independence party's third chairman, said this would probably be done within one month as a new name was needed to reflect its shift in political stance. 'With Taiwan being already an independent, sovereign and democratic state, the TSU does not stand for Taiwan independence,' Mr Huang said. 'The TSU will move towards a stable and Taiwan-focused ideology.' The new 'left-centre' stance would focus on taking care of the interests of the middle class and underprivileged. 'The colour of Taiwan is earth tone, so don't put the green colour on the TSU any more.' At Friday's inauguration ceremony, Mr Huang criticised the ruling pan-green Democratic Progressive Party and the opposition pan-blue Kuomintang for having 'kidnapped voters' on the island through polarised disputes over 'unification or independence'. 'Taiwan needs an impartial third party to be the mediator in quarrels between the two 'big brothers',' he said. 'The TSU will play this role and provide an alternative choice for the people.' Mr Huang, who had been a supporter of the TSU's founder and former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui for decades, conceded that he was making this change with an eye on December's election. The election will feature a new system in which voters have two votes in every electoral district - one for a candidate and the other for a political party. Taiwan's minor parties have spared no efforts to prepare for the election after the results of last year's Taipei and Kaohsiung mayoral elections showed most voters were either for the DPP or KMT. Candidates from the TSU collected only 0.86 per cent of the vote in Taipei and had 0.26 per cent support in Kaohsiung. James Soong Chu-yu, the chairman of the People First Party - the second-largest opposition party - gained 53,000 votes, or 4.1 per cent in Taipei. Then-TSU chairman Shu Chin-chiang resigned after the party's dismal showing. Observers said that the poor performances indicated that there was little room for minor parties. Taiwanese affairs analyst Timothy Wong Ka-ying of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at Chinese University said he was pessimistic about Mr Huang's proposed reform. 'The cross-strait issue has been a key concern in every election on the island. The planned change by the TSU will see it lose more supporters,' Professor Huang said. 'I don't think fence-sitting voters will support it because the TSU lacks the teeth to fight for their interests.' He added that minor parties had been marginalised after the mayoral elections.