Sun, Dec 12, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Pan-blue status quo entrenched by poll success

By Ko Shu-ling and Caroline Hong  /  STAFF REPORTERS

"Many of the DPP's political heavyweights have already been tapped to become government officials, leaving only members of the party's `army reserves' to be nominated this year," Lin said.

Third, Lin said the pan-blue camp maximized the number of seats it could win by having candidates negotiate among themselves to implement a vote-allocation strategy.

Their success proved that the public was thoroughly dissatisfied with the Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) administration, Lin said.

Lastly, a number of KMT polls revealed that the grass-roots voting base of the pan-blue alliance was larger than that of the pan-green camp.

KMT spokeswoman Kuo Su-chun (郭素春) said the key to the pan-blue camp's success was the people's dissatisfaction with the lackluster performance of the DPP administration.

"It is their displeasure with the events surrounding the March 20 presidential election, it is their dissatisfaction with the current economic situation and it is their discontent with the state of cross-strait relations," she said.

Cross-strait relations and Taiwan's national status have been the main themes of this year's election. The pan-blue camp claimed that a pan-blue legislative majority would demonstrate that the public wishes to retain the national title of "Republic of China" and supports the cross-strait "status quo."

Ho Szu-yin (何思因), a political science professor and director of the KMT's department of overseas affairs, said the election results have been interpreted by the international community as a mandate on the nation's sovereignty.

"This election is important because of its focus on the struggle between the `Republic of China' and a `Taiwan' nation," said Ho, adding that the US and China were paying close attention to the situation.

While a pan-blue majority is able to block a declaration of independence, Ho said the reality is that the legislature has little control over the Presidential Office -- the agency steering the nation's international relations.

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