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PFP head biding time before deciding on presidential bid

PFP head biding time before deciding on presidential bid

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) Opposition People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (???) said Wednesday that he will consider whether to run in the 2016 presidential election but that now is not the right time to make a final decision. His decision will largely hinge on whether the policies of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) are hijacked by their fundamentalist factions, Soong added. Describing himself as a diligent Taiwanese older man, the 73-year-old Soong said he has been closely observing Taiwan in a bid to figure out the country's current situation. Soong, who is also a chief advisor to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???), said he wants to let all Taiwan's people keep their heads up in the face of the world and the other side of the Taiwan Strait and say what they really think. Soong made the remarks when the PFP released part of its list of legislative election candidates at a press conference, including former Legislator Chang Sho-wen (???), who announced his decision June 29 to leave the KMT, deputy secretary-general of the party Liu Wen-hsiung (???), former Legislator Chen Chao-jung (???), Taipei City Councilor Huang Shan-shan (???) and pundit Hector Kang (???). Saying that he will not allow himself to be swayed by personal feelings, Soong added that he has not ruled out aligning with the KMT and that he would be willing to discuss national affairs with any political parties. Asked whether he will meet with KMT presidential hopeful Hung Hsiu-chu (???), Soong said he will decide once the KMT officially nominates its presidential candidate. It is widely expected that the PFP, which currently holds two seats in the 113-seat legislature, will derive the greatest benefit from the long-standing political division between the KMT-led blue and the DPP-led green camps, as its candidates are likely to absorb some votes from the ranks of the pan-blue supporters. (By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-17 18:13 GMT+08:00