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Dang wai

The dang wai (黨外, contemporary Wade-Giles Tang-wai) (literally outside the party) movement was a political movement in the Republic of China on Taiwan in the mid-1970s and early 1980s. Although the Kuomintang had allowed contested elections to the Legislative Yuan, opposition parties were still forbidden. As a result, many opponents of the Kuomintang, officially classified as independents, ran and were elected as members outside the party.

The members dang wai movement formed the Democratic Progressive Party in 1986. Although still illegal, the KMT did not take action against the DPP and the party was legalized in 1991. Many current politicians in Taiwan, most notably President Chen Shui-Bian were active in the dang wai movement.

See also: Politics of Taiwan

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