KMT-TPP alliance talks under probe

  • Taipei prosecutors are investigating allegations that key politicians, including New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi, KMT Chairman Eric Chu, former president Ma Ying-jeou, and Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman Ko Wen-je, violated election regulations in their attempts to form a “blue-white” presidential ticket.
  • The case involves accusations of bribery, with claims that the KMT (blue) and the TPP (white) offered incentives to persuade the other side to withdraw from the race or accept a subordinate role.
  • Allegations include discussions on how to divide political and government positions in the event of an election victory.
  • A separate investigation is ongoing into Ko’s claim that he was offered $200 million to drop out of the presidential race and become Hou’s running mate.
  • The KMT and TPP deny wrongdoing, criticizing the investigation as an attempt to misuse the justice system for political purposes.

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