The upcoming Keelung mayoral by-election in May sparked a pan-blue split yesterday as the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) insisted on electing a candidate through the KMT-People First Party (PFP) alliance, rather than yielding the nomination to the PFP.
The by-election, to be held on May 12, was called because of the death of Keelung Mayor Hsu Tsai-li (
PFP Legislator Liu Wen-hsiung (
KMT acting chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (
"The KMT and PFP each has its preferred candidate. It's impossible for the KMT to nominate the other party's candidate without going through a primary or negotiation first," Wu said yesterday.
The KMT will hold a primary to find its candidate, and then negotiate on a final candidate with the PFP through their alliance, Wu said.
Former KMT chairman Ma Ying-jeou (
According to the agreement, the two parties should nominate candidates together in next year's legislative elections, and the parties should make concessions for each other in certain districts.
During a visit to Hsu's residence on Tuesday, Wu said those who had slandered Hsu should not be nominated to represent the alliance, but did not specify Liu, who had criticized Hsu.
Wu also denied ignoring the agreement and insisting on electing a KMT candidate, but acknowledged that the by-election was important for the party.
"The KMT and the PFP must cooperate in the by-election, but it's impossible for us to nominate a PFP candidate before a KMT-PFP nomination mechanism is launched," he added.
PFP spokesman Lee Hung-chun (
KMT Taipei branch chief Pan Chia-sen (
The Public Officials Election and Recall Law (
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