A change of leadership and a merger of the pan-blue camp remain on hold after the alliance pulled the rug out from under the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in yesterday's legislative elections, political analysts said yesterday.
\nChinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) may now hang on to his post, observers said. The small, pro-unification New Party is also likely to merge with the KMT before any merger plan with the People First Party (PFP) takes place, if at all.
\nColumnist Hu Wen-huei (胡文輝) attributed the pan-blue camp's victory to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) playing a relentless independence card, including proposed changes to the national title.
\n"Although the DPP's appeal to independence consolidated its support base, the aggressive approach alienated part of the electorate in the middle of the political spectrum because it didn't want anything that would cause trouble," he said.
\nReferring to the nation's difficult diplomatic situation, Hu said that certain diplomatic initiatives, such as changing the nation's title, required less boisterous and more delicate political maneuvering.
\nWang Yeh-li (王業立), a political science professor at Tunghai University, attributed the pan-blue triumph to its stable support in key electorates, although the pan-green bloc made some progress in acquiring votes.
\nThe pan-blue alliance gained almost 52 percent of the vote in yesterday's polls, about 2 percent more than it received in the last legislative elections in 2001.
\nIn those elections the pan-blue camp received about 50 percent of the vote. The KMT finished a distant second with 68 seats, or 29 percent of the vote, down from 123 seats after the 1998 legislative elections. In 2001, the PFP stood third with 46 seats, or 19 percent of the vote, doubling its presence. The New Party retained only one seat, down from 11 in the 1998 polls.
\nThe pan-green camp yesterday received about 48 percent of the vote, or 7 percent more than it mustered in the 2001 elections.
\nIn the 2001 elections, the DPP captured 87 seats, or 33 percent of the vote, to become the largest party in the legislature. The splinter Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) emerged as a big winner, capturing 13 seats, or about 8 percent of the vote. Altogether, the pan-green alliance attracted about 41 percent of the vote.
\nAnother reason for the pan-blue camp's triumph, Wang said, was its more effective system of nominating candidates and allocating votes between candidates in the same electorates.
\nEchoing Wang's argument, KMT Secretary-General Lin Fong-cheng (
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