Home | About Us | Contact Us | Site Map | Chinese
News | Biz | Pearl River Delta | Enjoy Life | Culture | Travelling | Pics | Cities & Towns | Gov Info | Specials
Current Home > News Brief > China
No headway in KMT, PFP merger talks
Latest Updated by 2005-12-13 10:54:19
Related News
Ma Ying-jeou: Deadlock does Taiwan no good
No headway in KMT, PFP merger talks
Wen: Koizumi won't own up to history
Wen: Shrine visit cause of sour China-Japan ties

Taiwan's two main opposition leaders failed to make a breakthrough in achieving a possible merger yesterday, despite a four-hour closed-door meeting aimed at boosting their strength against the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou, also chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), met James Soong, head of the People First Party (PFP), in Taipei with expectations for a merger high among supporters.

PFP policy research centre director Chang Hsien-yao said the two leaders engaged in wide discussions concerning political co-operation as well as a merger.

"But a merger between the two parties faces many substantial difficulties, so it cannot be achieved immediately," Chang told Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV following the meeting.

He added that both Ma and Soong agreed to put off the merger plan until 2007, one year before the next "presidential" elections.

Both Soong and Ma expressed their hope for a possible merger between their parties ahead of their meeting. "We are going to exchange opinions in a frank manner," Soong said, adding that he hoped "it would lead to the merger of the KMT and PFP."

"Our supporters expect us to work closer together or even merge," Ma told reporters.

Pressure is mounting on the PFP to merge with its larger ally, the KMT, after its poor showing in this month's local elections, party officials have said.

A merger was first proposed last year but shelved after internal opposition from both sides. Both parties favour closer ties with the mainland.

The KMT scored a landslide victory in the December 3 elections, winning 14 of 23 constituencies up for grabs and 50.95 per cent of ballots cast on the island. The PFP only managed to garner 1.11 per cent of the vote and just one post.

The ruling DPP suffered its worst setback since Chen Shui-bian won the "presidency" in 2000, which ended the KMT's 51-year grip on power, taking only six constituencies and 41.95 per cent of the vote.

The pro-"independence" DPP also lost in Taipei county, Ilan county and Chiayi city three of its traditional strongholds.

Analysts said the PFP's poor results could spark a mass exodus of party members afraid that the group could be marginalized.

James Soong, a former KMT heavyweight, founded the PFP after he ran on a separate ticket in 2000 and narrowly lost the "presidency" to Chen.

Editor: Yan

By: Source: China Daily Website
Previous:    Next:Wen: Koizumi won't own up to history

Christmas is in the air

Winter wear for homeless, elderly

[Group Photo] Yuehui Garden, A New Tourism Destination

Construction on marine museum to begin

Miss Iceland crowned Miss World in Hainan
This site contains material from other media for content enrichment purpose only.
The website do not endorse such content and do not bear the joint responsibility of their copyright infringement.
The views expressed in written material posted to the bulletin boards of are those of the authors and/or publishers. The website does not endorse information products posted by organizations and individuals here. The originators of these information products are solely responsible for their content.
For copyright infringement issues, you shall contact within thirty (30) days. Email:
If you find any error in this page, please drag your mouse to mark the text with error, then press "CTRL" and "ENTER", to inform us. Thanks for your help!
Home  |  About Us  |   Contact Us  |  Site Map  |  Chinese
©2005 WWW.NEWSGD.COM. All rights reserved.registered number 020074 Terms of Use | Advertise | ICP Certificate No.B2-20050252
Guangdong Gov Link
Guangdong Gov Brief
State Structure
Guangdong in Brief
Laws & Regulations
Exchange Rate
Guangdong Guide
Museum Museum
University University
Eat Eat
Shopping Duting
Night Life Night Life
Weather Weather
Phone No. Phone Num
Consulate Consulate
Airport Airport
Travel Tips Tours Tips