What Bloomberg Businessweek did not mention is that Yanukovych had to step down and go into exile in Russia not only because he angered Ukrainians, but also because members of Ukraine’s parliament switched sides, resulting in him losing control over the legislature.
Ma failed utterly in his attempt to oust Wang, with the result that he lost control over the legislature and enabled the students to occupy it. This enabled Wang to use legislative power to override, or at least resist, executive power.
We will have to wait and see if the pro-Wang faction within the KMT will be able to break the KMT up and cause the collapse of Ma and his cronies.
The Sunflower movement has created and rewritten Taiwanese history. The main focus now is the oversight act and every Taiwanese must get behind it to make sure that the NGO version is the one that gets passed, for this is what will ultimately decide the success of the Sunflower movement.
Chin Heng-wei is a political commentator.
Translated by Drew Cameron