If Tsai wins, she needs to be able to find a way to work with the KMT majority — something that Chen failed at miserably. My own suggestion would be to allow the KMT to form a coalition Cabinet that also included DPP members and independents. Such an operation would again require real cross-party negotiation and compromise. The DPP era showed that appointing a premier and Cabinet without legislative backing would be a recipe for disaster.
Dafydd Fell is a senior lecturer in Taiwan studies and deputy director of the Centre of Taiwan Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.