The Democratic Progressive Party, Taiwan’s first opposition party, was founded in 1986 to challenge the one-party authoritarian rule of the Kuomintang. The DPP is committed to political change, supporting freedom of speech, press, assembly and association. In the 2000 presidential election, DPP candidate Chen Shui-bian’s victory ended more than half a century of Kuomintang rule in Taiwan.    

Chen Shui-bian, seen crawling to the funeral house of his late mother-in-law last year, attempted suicide on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Return of Chen Shui-bian a dilemma for opposition party in Taiwan

A decision to reinstate Chen may prove to be too difficult to make for the pro-independence party, given that any misstep could intensify the rift in the party between pro- and anti-Chen forces and affect its chances in next year's local government polls and the 2016 presidential election.