Taipei: "The KMT is still the biggest opposition party in the legislature." With these words, Kuomintang party chairman Lien Chan tried, unconvincingly, to put a positive spin on the former ruling party’s disastrous showing in this weekend’s legislative elections in Taiwan. Lien, who already had the distinction of being the first KMT presidential candidate ever to lose that race – finishing an embarrassing third behind President Chen Shui-bian and KMT renegade James Soong during the 2000 presidential race – has now presided over the unraveling of the KMT’s 50 years of domination of the Legislative Yuan.
PacNet #48A – And the Winner Is: Lee Teng-hui
December 3, 2001