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13/1/2012 The Pulse : Taiwan's Elections - Possible Spoiler

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Published on Feb 22, 2012

Taiwan's election process is under way. There are two clear front runners, but there's also a spoiler who could upset the apple cart. Not long before the registration period for Taiwan's presidential election end, James Soong took many by surprise and joined the race. Soong, who was a member of the Kuomintang in 2002, now heads the People First Party.There are fears that he'll split the vote for the pan-blue camp, which is dominated by the Kuomintang and the People First Party, thus jeopardizing President Ma Ying-jeou's chances of re-election. He says he's running because President Ma has been indifferent to the concerns of his party.

So how is this election likely to affect the island's political scene, both internetally and in its relations with the outside world? With us in the studio is Professor of Political Science Joseph Cheng.

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