KMT officials yesterday appeared uninterested in a proposed KMT-PFP merger.
Even KMT legislator John Chang (
According to KMT spokesman Wu Ching-ji (
When asked by reporters to comment on Chang's proposal, Legislative Yuan speaker and KMT Vice Chairman Wang Jin-pyng (
James Chen (
"It is my understanding that there is no plan to merge the two parties. It is the consensus between the KMT and PFP to conduct issue-based cooperation and work together during elections," Chen said.
Chang unveiled his plan to push for the merger on Tuesday, suggesting that both parties start to work on joining forces immediately after the year-end Taipei and Kaohsiung mayoral elections are over.
Chang said that the merger was necessary to make possible a united "pan-blue" ticket in the 2004 presidential election, which he argued was crucial for victory.
The PFP immediately rejected Chang's proposal and insisted that a merger was unnecessary.
Even Chang's proposal to set up a collective leadership after the merger was dismissed by the PFP as mere "fantasy."
* When asked by reporters to comment on Chang's proposal, KMT Vice Chairman Wang Jin-pyng said that further discussion is needed on the issue, as a merger seems to be an "immature" matter at the moment.* The PFP immediately rejected a KMT legislator's merger proposal and insisted that a merger was unnecessary.