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Taiwan Quick Take: KMT group want Lien to run

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

A group of 25 Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday suggested that former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) should run in the 2008 presidential election, KMT Legislator Chang Chang-tsai (張昌財) said late last night after attending a three-hour dinner with Lien and Wang. The lawmakers suggested that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) would be a perfect running mate for Lien. Lien and Wang did not respond to the suggestion. The proposal put a question mark over the election chances of Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who is to be questioned by prosecutors over embezzlement claims in connection with his mayoral expense fund. According to the KMT's regulations, Ma would be disqualified as the party's candidate if he were to be indicted for corruption.

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