Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers said yesterday that they were not in favor of a reported alliance between former president Lee Teng-hui (
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 (
Media reports have as their premise the idea that Lu would succeed President Chen Shui-bian (
DPP Legislator Lin Cho-shui (
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 (
Wang, when approached by press for comments, yesterday denied any supposed alliance with Lu and Lee.
TSU Chairman Shu Chin-chiang (
"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