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Talk of KMT-DPP coalition fails to ruffle TSU feathers

By Lin Mei-chun  /  STAFF REPORTER

A proposed KMT-DPP coalition after the Dec. 1 elections will not have an impact on the performance of the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) in the polls, according to a TSU spokesman.

Shu Chin-chiang (蘇進強), secretary-general of the party, said yesterday that "the localization line" is one of the TSU's major policy platforms and the party welcomes anyone sharing common beliefs to echo that principle.

But he claimed that the KMT-DPP cooperation scheme proposed by two KMT candidates would not steal votes from the TSU, which is best known for its appeals based on localization.

Discussion over the possibility of a KMT-DPP alliance after the elections surfaced once again in the past several days after two pro-localization KMT candidates from Taipei -- Legislator Chen Horng-chi (陳鴻基) and Taipei City Councilor Chen Hsueh-fen (陳雪芬) -- publicly promoted the suggestion on Monday.

Their suggestion has been interpreted as a move to bring the struggle over the KMT's party line to the surface and has fueled speculation that the two KMT candidates are attempting to court votes from TSU supporters.

"Localization, democratization and pro-Taiwan are the three fundamental principles of the TSU. This kind of struggle, therefore, won't become an issue for us," Shu said.

The TSU secretary-general said his party is firm and clear about its platform.

"We will not be ambiguous about our claim, but nor will we utilize this calling to ignite ethnic tension or restrict other parties from resorting to the same calls [for localization]," Shu said.

Shu then expressed disapproval over another proposal put forward by Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明), a New Party legislative candidate in Taipei City. Yok suggested that a coalition be formed among the KMT, PFP and New Party after the Dec. 1 elections.

"If the suggestion is adopted, the president will face another recall crisis," Shu said.

Last November, the KMT, PFP and New Party formed a coalition alliance to launch a recall motion against President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) following the dispute over the Fourth Nuclear Power plant.

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