By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The ruling Kuomintang might expect to hold on to only 45 legislative seats in the January 16 legislative elections, or less than an absolute majority, reports said Tuesday.
At the current Legislative Yuan, the KMT occupies 65 out of 113 seats, but Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen hopes to translate her commanding lead in the presidential polls into the opposition’s first-ever legislative majority.
The KMT is so pessimistic that it has set a target of only 45 seats to win in the legislative election, the Chinese-language United Evening News reported Tuesday. The target takes into account current low opinion poll support for the party’s presidential nominee, Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu, and a possible rival bid by People First Party Chairman James Soong, who might draw many KMT supporters away, the paper wrote. [FULL STORY]