The pan-green camp's disappointing performance in the legislative elections means that the pan-blue camp is certain to once again control the legislative speakership, although whether or not the incumbent Legislative Speaker and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Vice Chairman Wang Jin-pyng (
As the KMT, People First Party (PFP) and New Party netted a total of 114 seats -- one seat more than is needed for a majority -- there is no doubt of the pan-blue camp's ability to retain the speakership. But whether Wang will keep his job as legislative speaker remains uncertain in view of the planned pan-blue merger. New Party or PFP legislators may haggle for the position, arguing that influence needs to be spread out among the pan-blue parties.
"It is difficult to say anything about the race for the legislative speakership now," PFP caucus whip Liu Wen-hsiung (
"What is certain is that the pan-blue camp will retain the speakership," Liu said.
Taipei Society chairman Hong Yu-hung (
Although the PFP lost 10 seats in yesterday's legislative elections, PFP Chairman James Soong (
"The PFP considers Wang as former president Lee Teng-hui's (
"Although the speakership will remain in the pan-blue camp, it is difficult to say whether Wang himself will remain the speaker," he added.
It is also unknown whether Deputy Speaker and KMT Vice Chairman Chiang Pin-kun (
It is also possible the PFP will demand the KMT relinquish the deputy speakership position if they ask for the PFP's support in the race. With the pan-green camp still capable of putting up a candidate for the job, a hard-fought political battle is likely.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung (
Chang promised before the election that if the pan-green camp did not win a majority, he would resign his legislator-at-large seat.
DPP caucus whip Tsai Huang-liang (
"The pan-blues have won a majority ... this is a great obstacle for the pan-green camp to win in the race for legislative speaker," Tsai said.