Concerns about a possible pan-blue split over the Taipei mayoral election mounted again yesterday as the People First Party (PFP) urged Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (
In an effort to prevent a repeat of the 1994 Taipei mayoral election, when two pan-blue candidates split the ticket and gave Chen Shui-bian (
Ma yesterday declined to confirm the allegation, but said that the pan-blue camp should only have one mayoral candidate.
"The Democratic Progressive Party is losing its credibility, and pan-blue supporters would be very disappointed if we lost the election," Ma said yesterday at Taipei City Hall.
Ma said that KMT Secretary-General Chan Chuen-pao (
Legislator Lee Hung-chun (
"If Chairman Ma wants to dissuade Chairman Soong from running, he should talk to him in person," he said yesterday.
Lee said that the PFP had always made way for the KMT in previous elections after KMT-PFP negotiations, and called on the KMT not to cause a pan-blue split by spreading rumors.
Soong is believed to be likely to enter the Taipei mayoral election, joining the KMT's candidate Hau Lung-bin (
"What should be discouraged are irrelevant regulations and those who never want to find solutions to problems," he said yesterday while addressing Taipei City's problems in what he called an "inspection tour" that would address issues in the city's 12 districts.