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ANALYSIS: Power struggle may soon surface in KMT: observers

By Peng Hsien-chun and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

“I think the ulterior motive behind Hau calling for medical parole for imprisoned former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is fairly self-evident,” the city councilor said.

A KMT member, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said that since Hau was not at the top of Ma’s shortlist to be cultivated as the next party leader, he might be at a disadvantage in the power struggle unless he took the initiative to show his strength.

With only three years left of Ma’s second four-year tenure as president, it has become inevitable for a new generation of leaders to rise from within the KMT.

Although Jiang now appears to be the weakest competitor among the five leadership hopefuls, he could be the ultimate winner should the tussle between Wu and Chu backfire on both of them, consolidating Ma’s authority to designate his own successor in the post-Ma era, political observers said.

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