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KMT has never thought of eliminating PFP: spokeswoman

KMT has never thought of eliminating PFP: spokeswoman

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) said Monday that it has never thought of or talked about wiping out the People First Party (PFP). "The KMT respects the PFP going its own way as well as its rights to take part in elections," KMT spokeswoman Lai Su-ju said. Lai was responding to a statement by the PFP earlier that day that the KMT has since July continued to spread rumors that both sides had been in talks on cooperation. But for the PFP, the KMT has one purpose when negotiating deals --to annihilate the small opposition party from the Jan. 14 presidential and legislative elections, the PFP statement said. "The KMT and the PFP have come from the same root, and the talks have been aimed at maximizing the seats, less the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) pits one against the other," Lai said. "This is why the KMT has hoped to nominate candidates that have the best chances of winning through public opinion polls, which we think should also be the way the public can best accept," Lai said. She made the remarks amid reports in the Chinese-language United Daily News the same day that the KMT was willing to discuss an election deal with the PFP until Nov. 25, the deadline for candidates to formally register their candidacies in the elections. PFP Chairman James Soong, a veteran politician who ran for the presidency as an independent in 2000 after splitting with the KMT, is making a comeback for presidential bid that could hurt the re-election chances of President Ma Ying-jeou , who is locked in a tight race with DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen. Another Chinese-language the China Times reported Sunday that the PFP had asked the KMT for 11 legislative seats in exchange for Soong agreeing to bow out, but both the KMT and the PFP denied that that there was "such a deal behind closed-door." Under no circumstances will Soong drop out of the race, a PFP spokesman said. (By Lee Shu-hua and Lilian Wu)