Sat, Aug 12, 2006 - Page 3 News List

DPP opposes Lee-Lu-Wang axis, if it exists

CNA , TAIPEI

Vice President Annette Lu exchanges opinions with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng yesterday as the two attend a meeting held by the Council for Industrial and Commercial Development. Recent press reports have alleged an alliance between the two and former president Lee Teng-hui to oust President Chen Shui-bian, but Wang yesterday denied any such thing existed.

PHOTO: CHIEN JUNG-FONG, TAIPEI TIMES

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers said yesterday that they were not in favor of a reported alliance between former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), claiming such a pact would not solve any problems.

The DPP legislators were responding to reports that some DPP members are worried that if such an alliance is formed, the DPP would lose its grip on power and run the risk of being splintered.

The reports have speculated that Lee, the so-called spiritual leader of the TSU, is worried that if Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), who was appointed by Chen, is ousted along with the president, fighting could erupt within the DPP. Lee therefore supports Lu to take over the presidency with Wang heading a new Cabinet, in order to stabilize the political situation, according to media reports.

Media reports have as their premise the idea that Lu would succeed President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) if he were to step down as a result of the series of corruption allegations involving his close aides and family members, while Wang would be appointed premier, which reportedly is what Lee would like.

DPP Legislator Lin Cho-shui (林濁水) said the current political turmoil can be traced to corruption allegations implicating the first family, as well as to the DPP's failure to win a legislative majority with its allies.

If a Lu-Wang team were to be formed, then it would be "one minority rule replacing another minority rule," which would not solve the current impasse in the legislature, according to Lin.

However, Legislator Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) pointed out that unless the DPP or Lee confirms the report, it remains no more than idle press speculation.

The DPP's aim is to continue DPP or "pan-green camp" rule, Huang said, but if the Lu-Wang team were to be formed its purpose would be to counter Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who is the KMT's best and the best bet for the KMT in the 2008 presidential election.

DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) said that the reports were aimed at creating the impression that the party is about to collapse and that Chen will soon step down.

DPP Spokesman Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said that the reported alliance was an attempt to split the party.

Wang, when approached by press for comments, yesterday denied any supposed alliance with Lu and Lee.

TSU Chairman Shu Chin-chiang (蘇進強) yesterday also denied such an alliance, saying that Lee has never considered the political situation from that perspective.

"What former president Lee is concerned about is Taiwan's future, and he will elaborate on his ideas [this] evening," Shu added.

Additional reporting by Jewel Huang

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