Infighting in the military caused the public to lose faith in its abilities and infighting in the judiciary is causing people to lose faith in the judiciary. Will the KMT’s infighting make people lose faith in the KMT?
The power struggle in the KMT could spark another split in the party, following the formations of the New Party and the People First Party. During his time in office, Ma has not been able to consolidate support, and the many administrative measures that have been taken under inauspicious circumstances have resulted in the loss of many supporters.
The KMT lacks younger talent that can take over and its branches are controlled by local families and factions, while the central leadership is controlled mainly by senior officials and academics. Social organizations and movements have never been the party’s strong suit, so it was perhaps unavoidable that the party has become disconnected from the general public.
If the negative development of Taiwan’s two-party politics continues unabated, public dissatisfaction and weariness with the DPP and the KMT could put an end to the post-Chiang democratization era. How this will all end up is anyone’s guess.
Norman Yin is a professor of financial studies at National Chengchi University.
Translated by Perry Svensson