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KMT failure may mean the end of Lien

INTERNAL STRIFE Scholars are saying that poor leadership by the KMT chairman is likely to lead to his ouster if the party falters in the year-end elections

By Crystal Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Armed with popular support, star lawmakers such as Apollo Chen (陳學聖) and Chu Li-luan (朱立倫) show no qualms about defying the party. And those still loyal to Lee are expected to revolt and push for Lien's downfall, if the party fails to achieve a satisfactory showing in the year-end elections.

"Surely Mr Lien would have to take the blame if that indeed took place," said KMT lawmaker Chen Horng-chi (陳鴻基), widely considered to be a pro-Lee member.

It appears the KMT is pinning its hopes on putting up a united front with the PFP and New Party in the fight against the DPP.

John Chang (章孝嚴), a former KMT secretary-general, cast the widely discussed cross-party venture as a "mission impossible."

"It is unrealistic to expect the parties to set aside their own interests and integrate in four months time," Chang said. "The 2004 presidential election may be a better stage for the endeavor."

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