The Non-Partisan Solidarity Union (NPSU) and independent lawmakers together won 10 seats in yesterday's legislative elections, and with the pan-blue camp holding a fragile majority of 13 seats out of a total of 225 in the legislature, most of these non-aligned lawmakers will side with the pan-blues in the coming three years based on their sentiments to date.
\nGiven that the pan-blues' absolute majority of three seats may not remain immune to pan-green attack -- especially if high-profile government posts are given to pan-blue lawmakers -- the alignment of the NPSU and independents may be a key issue.
\nOf the 10 seats, the NPSU lawmakers-elect hold six, and the independent four.
\nAll the NPSU's winners yesterday are incumbent lawmakers:
\nYen Ching-piao (顏清標, Taichung County), Chen Chin-ting (陳進丁, Changhwa County), Lee Ho-shun (李和順, Tainan County), Tsai Hao (蔡豪, Pingtung County), Lin Ping-kun (林炳坤, Penghu) and May Chin (高金素梅, mountain area aboriginal).
\nNPSU chairwoman Chang Po-ya (張博雅) said after the results were published that although the NPSU only had six seats, the party was likely to play a pivotal role in the new legislature.
\nChang said that the NPSU was prepared to see such a low number of seats, and that the election outcome was not a matter of success of failure, but was "fair."
\n"The pan-blues only have a fragile majority this time, and especially with their overseas lawmakers often absent from the legislature, the NPSU will still be a decisive minority," Chang said.
\nNPSU Secretary-General Chen Chieh-ju (
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