Monday, August 1, 2011

The role for the People First Party in Taiwan's 2012 elections

l  The difficult relationship between the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the People First Party (PFP)—once considered close allies in the pan-Blue—deteriorated to a new low in late July as the latter unveiled plans that essentially eliminated any likelihood of interparty cooperation in the 2012 elections.

 l  In fact, PFP Chairman James Soong may personally lead party nominees and run in the Legislative Yuan (LY) election next January. The list of PFP nominees are scheduled to be made public in early August.

l  The short-term goal for the PFP is to make itself the third largest party in the LY. With skillful maneuvering reminiscent of his days as Taiwanese provincial governor, Soong will forge alliances with the independents and other “centrist” legislators to make the PFP politically viable again.

l  More importantly, Soong and the PFP will have a platform to express views and voice opinions on policies ranging from cross-Strait relations to “quality-of-life” issues—a luxury that they never had since late 2006.

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