While the pan-blue leadership has expressed enthusiasm about forming an alliance for December's legislative elections, some pan-blue legislators expressed reservations yesterday about the plan.
\nPeople First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) revealed two days ago that he and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) had met in secret to discuss the feasibility of forming an alliance, as an alternative to officially merging the two parties right away.
\nIt was reported that Lien and Soong discussed including all opposition forces in the alliance; campaign jointly; and cooperating on nominating legislator-at-large candidates so as to win more legislator-at-large seats.
\nAlso in support of the idea of an alliance is New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明), who, while announcing candidates for the legislature yesterday, said that it should not be difficult for the KMT, the PFP and the New Party to reach consensus on forming an alliance.
\nSome pan-blue legislators, however, expressed doubts yesterday about the feasibility of cooperating on the legislative elections.
\nKMT Legislator Hsu Shu-po (
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