Laurence Eyton: Taiwan’s Chen a lame duck

From Asia Times Online: ” ’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered a surprise upset on Saturday when it and its allies failed to win the majority of legislative seats that had been widely predicted. The DPP and its smaller ally, the Solidarity Union (TSU), managed to win 101 of the total 225 seats up for grabs, while the opposition pan-blue alliance of the Kuomintang (KMT), People First Party (PFP) and New Party won 114. The non-partisan Solidarity Union, a group of independents registered as a party, won six seats, while non-affiliated independents won the remaining four. Since the majority of independents are likely to vote with the pan-blues (blue after the color of the KMT emblem), this means that President Chen Shui-bian is destined to spend most of the rest of his second term wrestling with the problems of minority government.”

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