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Third Society Party `not interested' in TSU merger

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Third Society Party said yesterday that it hopes to strengthen dialogue with former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), but it was not interested in a merger with the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU).

Lee has been urging the public to support a "third force," or moderate voices, in next year's legislative and presidential elections, to give a voice to the disadvantaged and the middle class.

TSU spokeswoman Chou Mei-li (周美里) said yesterday that Lee was happy to see young people debating Taiwan's future and that he hoped to see society members at his home tomorrow.

Chou said that she did not think Lee -- the TSU's spiritual leader -- would talk about a merger.

Chou made the remarks in response to media inquiries about a letter sent to Lee by the Third Society Party on Monday.

Titled "Dialogue between Christians: An open letter to former president Lee" and written by Third Society Party cofounder Lin Chih-jen (林致真), the letter expressed the hope of consulting with Lee about his call to young people to form a new political party.

Lin, who said he was a Christian, said that Lee likes to think of himself like Moses, who led the Israelites out of Egypt. Joshua took over for Moses when the Israelites entered Canaan but began to sin not long after Joshua's death.

Lin asked Lee if he thought the jobs of Moses and Joshua were complete since Taiwanese have a country of their own.

"The third society must emerge and help the people of Taiwan develop common interests," the letter states. "It does not have any reason to protect a degenerating regime ... The third society is committed to promoting universal values, pursuing a just society and building a country that is fair and democratic."

Meanwhile, a half-page ad in the Chinese-language United Daily News yesterday urged "sacred warriors" to join the "sacred war" to save Taiwan by running in the January elections.

The ad said the warriors' goal was to end the infighting between the pan-blue and pan-green camps.

The ad bore the signature of tycoon Winston Wang (王文洋). But Wang said he did not place the ad, although he supported its message.

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