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Wang Jin-pyng denies alliance with Soong

DISTANT STRANGERS?The legislative speaker said that he had not met with or even spoken to PFP leader James Soong over the telephone for more than a year

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng speaks to the media at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday, saying that he has neither met nor spoken on the phone with People First Party Chairman James Soong for more than a year, adding that rumors of the two men joining forces on a presidential ticket are pure conjecture.

Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday denied the existence of an alliance between himself and People First Party (PFP) Chairman and presidential candidate James Soong’s (宋楚瑜).

Wang also surmised that Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chang Chia-chun (張嘉郡) withdrew her legislative bid to lighten her father’s burden.

The announcement of Soong’s presidential bid has spawned rumors about a power reshuffle in the political arena, including the formation of an alliance between Soong and Wang, who is said to have been left in a difficult position within the KMT in the wake of a political feud between him and President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).

In response to an alleged alliance, Wang said that he has not met or talked over the phone with Soong for more than a year.

“The talk about an alliance is pure speculation,” Wang said.

When asked about KMT lawmakers dropping out from the legislative race, such as Lee Hung-chun (李鴻鈞) and Chang Chia-chun, Wang said that everybody faces different kinds of difficulties and if they felt unlikely to win the race then they would call it off.

Regarding Chang Chia-chun’s withdrawal, Wang, who is considered to have close relations with her farther, former Yunlin County commissioner Chang Jung-wei (張榮味), said he did not know about her decision beforehand.

When pressed by the media for a possible reason, Wang said it might be due to Chang Chia-chun’s concerns for her father, “as [Chang Jung-wei] is probably feeling exhausted both physically and psychologically as he is holding the fort in Yunlin County by himself due to the KMT’s current difficult position.”

“Chang Chia-chun might want to show her filial piety by withdrawing from the race,” Wang said.

“I do not think [it would happen], and it should not be framed as a dichotomy,” he said when asked whether Chang Jung-wei would jump ship to join Soong’s camp.

Responding to the question of whether he was worried about a possible collapse of the 100-year-old party, Wang said: “It is a matter that has to be faced with the whole party’s collective wisdom.”

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