Several KMT heavyweights came out in support of the party's presidential candidate Lien Chan (
Party vice-chairman Yu Kuo-hua (
Public opinion polls have been banned in the run-up to the election, but Lien is widely seen as trailing behind his competitors.
Former president of the Control Yuan, Chen Li-an (
In addition, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), also of the KMT, held a press conference for Lien yesterday. Ma urged the public to vote for Lien, a candidate he considers capable of maintaining peace across the Taiwan Strait. "We want reform, not a sea-change," he said. Ma defeated Chen Shui-bian in the 1998 Taipei mayoral election.