New Power Party
|Founded||25 January 2015|
|Headquarters||Taipei City, Taiwan|
|Political position||Centre-left to Left-wing|
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The New Power Party (NPP; Chinese: 時代力量; pinyin: Shídài Lìliàng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Sî‑tāi Le̍k‑liōng) is a political party in Taiwan formed in early 2015. The party emerged from the Sunflower Student Movement in 2014 and advocates for universal human rights, civil and political liberties, as well as Taiwan independence/Nationalism. The party is a part of the political phenomenon known as the "Third Force" (第三勢力), in which new political parties, unaligned with traditional Pan-Green or Pan-Blue Coalitions, sought to provide an alternative in Taiwanese politics. Nevertheless, the NPP's policies are very much aligned and closely matches the Pan-Green camp; thus the NPP cooperated with the DPP against the KMT in the 2016 elections, going as far as to run in traditional KMT strongholds to avoid competition with the DPP.
The party was started by Freddy Lim, lead vocalist of Taiwanese heavy-metal band Chthonic, veteran activist Michael Lin, human rights lawyers Lin Fong-cheng, Chiu Hsien-chih and other prominent figures of the Sunflower Student Movement. Lim headed the party-building process, which saw the inclusion of Hung Tzu-yung, sister of late Hung Chung-chiu, environmental lawyer Ko Shau-Chen, and author-activist Neil Peng into the party. On 12 September 2015, the NPP was officially formed with the election of Huang Kuo-chang as executive leader, heading a leadership team of six deputy leaders.
The NPP aims to rewrite the Constitution of the Republic of China, which operates under the assumption that the Republic governs all of China (including mainland China, which the ROC has not governed since 1949), to just refer to Taiwan.
- The party was established on 25 January 2015.
- Huang Kuo-chang was elected its leader on 13 September 2015.
Party-building Team (prior to September 13, 2015)
|No||Team Leader||Deputy Team Leader||Assumed office||Left office|
|1||Freddy Lim||Lin Fong-cheng||25 January 2015||1 July 2015|
|Acting||Huang Kuo-chang||2 July 2015||12 September 2015|
Party Leadership Team
|Order||Term||Executive Leader||Leadership Team||Assumed office||Left office|
|1||1||Huang Kuo-chang||Freddy Lim
Lin Fong-cheng (林峯正)
Michael Lin (林世煜)
Huang Shiou-jeng (黃秀禎)
|13 September 2015||25 March 2016|
Ko I-chen (柯一正)
Kawlo Iyun Pacidal
Lin Fong-cheng (林峰正)
Michael Lin (林世煜)
|25 March 2016||Incumbent|
Taiwan legislative election, 2016
|Election||Total seats won||Total votes||Share of votes (party votes)||Outcome of election||Election leader|
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Members of the Ninth Legislative Yuan
In the 2016 Taiwanese general election, the first contested by the party, the NPP won five seats in the Legislative Yuan, making it the third largest party there. Three of the winners gained constituency seats and two were elected through the party list.
|Huang Kuo-chang||黃國昌||New Taipei 12||2016–2020|
|Hung Tzu-yung||洪慈庸||Taichung 3||2016–2020|
|Freddy Lim||林昶佐||Taipei 5||2016–2020|
|Kawlo Iyun Pacidal||高潞·以用·巴魕剌||Proportional Representation||2016–2020|
|Hsu Yung-ming||徐永明||Proportional Representation||2016–2020|
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