Tue, Nov 20, 2007 - Page 3 News List

PFP Taichung candidate drops out

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and People First Party (PFP) increased cooperation yesterday, with PFP Legislator Feng Ting-kuo (馮定國) voluntarily withdrawing from January's legislative poll.

At a press conference, Feng announced that he was willing to yield the candidacy in Taichung County's 3rd district to his KMT counterpart, Chiang Lien-fu (江連福).

"After negotiations, Feng is willing to give priority to the bigger picture," PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) said. "Both the KMT and the PFP are very grateful for Feng's sacrifice."

Feng said that he made his decision after KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄), Soong and KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) talked to him about pan-blue solidarity.

"I am unwilling to allow for the possibility that the Democratic Progressive Party candidate could get elected because of my candidacy," Feng said.

He said that although he felt disappointed that he could not join the election, he knew he had to make the sacrifice.

The KMT and PFP have been strengthening their cooperation ahead of the January polls.

Last Thursday, Wu and Soong unveiled four PFP legislator-at-large candidates nominated by the two parties and vowed to work together to win next year's elections.

The four PFP candidates -- Cheng Chin-ling (鄭金玲), Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀), Marr Chang-chi (梅長錡) and Taipei Accountant Association director Luo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾) -- will run under the KMT flag.

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