January 16, 2016 was a victorious and historic day for the Democratic Progressive Party: the DPP won the presidential election once again and had become the absolute majority in the Legislative Yuan for the first time. This was the third presidential election victory, following the ones in 2000 and 2004. Since the formation of the DPP, we have been advocating for promoting the innovative economy, safeguarding human rights, encouraging democracy, protecting sovereignty, sustaining a fair and inclusive society, and will continue to move Taiwan forward.
In 1945, after the end of the Second World War, the Kuomintang (KMT) fled to Taiwan from China and established an authoritarian regime. The people were denied their basic political and social rights and freedoms. Discontent brewed under the seemingly tranquil society.
After more than a decade of advocacy and protests, the dream of political reform and the longing for political and social rights became the inspiration for Taiwanese to fight for the democratization of this country.
In 2000, the DPP obtained victory in the Presidential election, and Taiwan experienced its first transition of political power. In 2004, the DPP was re-elected. The DPP pushed for better lives for the Taiwanese people. The remarkable quality of governance now serves as basis for future administrations.
Since the DPP’s founding, the party’s chairpersons are reflections of history and different political eras in Taiwan. Our journey was challenging; however, what has not changed is the DPP’s dedication to stand by and for the people and the commitment to defend this land.
Our pledge to Taiwan is our commitment to progressive values and dedication to reform and to lead Taiwan forward. We believe in universal human rights, transitional justice and constitutional reforms, so our citizens are treated equally regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity and religion.We sought for a confident Taiwan supported by civil society with open dialogues. We aim to solidify generational justice and to recapture citizens’ trust in the government. We strive for an eudemonic Taiwan with a comprehensive social welfare system and reduced wealth gap, so the people can enjoy joyful and quality lives.