Tue, Mar 16, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Ma urges his supporters to vote for Lien and Soong

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday appealed to all his supporters to help push Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) into the Presi-dential Office.

Ma also rebutted a rumor that his supporters would vote for President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in order for Ma to be nominated as the KMT's next presidential candidate.

Ma's remarks came in response to President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) predictions about the KMT's succession issues.

Chen said at campaign rally on Sunday night that Lien will have to step down as KMT chairman and take responsibility for KMT's failure.

He said he believed that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) will take over chairman and Ma will be nominated by the KMT for the 2008 presidential election.

"It was quite inappropriate for Chen to talk about the other camp just a few days before election day," Ma said at a news conference called by the pan-blue camp to announce its "new blueprint for Taiwan."

"Whether Chen will be reelected is still a big variable," Ma said. "I think he should propose more political platforms at this moment."

Ma said if Chen was reelected, Taiwan situation with regards to cross-strait affairs and international relations would worsen. He urged his supporters to vote for Lien and People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜).

"I would not be thinking about my own political future if the country has huge problems," Ma said.

"Should we choose the wrong one again, we will have to live another four years with remorse," he said.

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