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PFP hopeful angles for support of speaker

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

People First Party (PFP) Legislator Shen Chih-hwei (沈智慧) stepped up her campaign for deputy legislative speaker yesterday when she visited Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) to tell him of her intention to run and seek his support.

Shen, who went public with her campaign two days ago, met Wang yesterday in his office at the legislature. Wang is also a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice chairman.

"I paid the visit out of courtesy to him -- now that I've gone public with my intention to run for the deputy speakership, I have to notify the speaker. I was also there to seek his support as a KMT lawmaker," Shen told the Taipei Times.

Shen said that Wang had been aware of her campaign before the visit, and that he received her cordially. But she said the two did not produce a concrete agreement on her candidacy.

"After all, the matter cannot be decided by Wang alone. He cannot speak for the KMT either. Cooperation at this level has to be negotiated on a party-to-party basis," Shen said.

Shen also stressed that the PFP should play the role of an influential minority party, and that there was no reason why the PFP should make any concessions to the KMT in the race for the speaker's and deputy speaker's posts.

It is rumored that the PFP promised the KMT that it would not nominate candidates for the posts, but Shen has made it clear that the PFP will not back out of the contest. She also refused to rule out the possibility of the PFP working with the DPP instead of the KMT in relation to the matter.

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