The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus yesterday said it was standing firm on its decision to vie for the legislative speakership, even as the pan-blue alliance was consolidating its ticket.
Although DPP Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung (
Chang was originally nominated as a legislator-at-large because the party wanted him to run for the speakership, but after his withdrawal, veteran Legislator Trong Chai (
"We will choose the speaker in an election, and it is impossible for the DPP to miss the race. We have to have a winning strategy if we want to run in the race, and the candidate has become a minor issue," DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (
Ker said that since the legislative election results were gloomy for the DPP, the party is under a lot of pressure concerning the speakership race.
Ker implied that the DPP might still have a chance of winning the race by exploiting internal conflicts within the pan-blue camp.
"The Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT] has its ideas about how to approach the election on Feb. 1, and so does the DPP. Any strategy may be adopted," Ker said.
"Regarding the deputy speakership, we have seen that Legislator Chung Jung-chi (
KMT caucus whip Tseng Yung-chuan (
PFP caucus whip Liu Wen-hsiung (
Liu also said that Soong was immediately informed of Chung's selection as the PFP's candidate two days ago, after the vote was completed.
Chung is expected to form a joint ticket with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), but Wang said yesterday that although he and Chung would seek support from all lawmakers, they would tentatively conduct their own campaigns separately, due to concerns about their different schedules.
"Because Chung is starting late, he still needs to visit KMT and Non-Partisan Solidarity Union [NPSU] lawmakers for support. So for the moment, we will make our visits separately due to our difference schedules," Wang said.
Two days ago some KMT lawmakers had voiced dissent about a KMT-PFP ticket, saying they would have preferred a pure KMT ticket, but Wang responded to the dissent yesterday, saying that there were fewer and fewer lawmakers who disagreed with cross-party collaboration.