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Analysis: Adopting more moderate platform may not help parties: analysts

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

It is a good sign that political parties want to adjust their course, Chao said, adding that they should map out details of their new policies rather than just touting their changes.

Chao said the KMT's plan to change its party charter was a move made in response to the DPP's efforts to tap into swing voters. It remains to be seen whether the two parties can quell the concerns of their party members while making changes.

Every party wants to win elections, but political leadership and the country's future should outweigh election victories, Chao said.

A politician only cares about the "next election," but a true statesman thinks about the "next generation," he said.

Even Jou's idea of forming another party is admirable, Chao said, adding however that he did not think the odds of success were high, taking into consideration that most voters in the political center are apathetic to politics.

"Although it is an area worth developing, it may take time," he said.

Chen Yen-hui (陳延輝), a professor at National Taiwan Normal University's Graduate Institute of Political Science, said that it was obvious that political parties change their course to win votes, adding that it is inevitable.

While Chen cast doubt on the prospects of a new party, he said the party would still be a headache for the two bigger parties if it managed to win a certain number of seats in the legislature.

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