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PFP defector Shen is denied membership to Kuomintang

A legislator affiliated with the People First Party (PFP) was rejected when she sought recently to join the Kuomintang (KMT), the largest opposition party.

Shen Chih-hwei recently announced her plans to gain KMT membership, but was reportedly spurned by local KMT authorities in Taichung City who were bearing a grudge against her after last year's mayoral election in the central port city.

The KMT chapter in Taichung City, known as the Huang Kuo-chu Chapter, reportedly turned down Shen's request for KMT membership because the legislator ran for mayor against KMT candidate Jason Hu in last year's mayoral election in Taichung.

The opposition party's central Huang Fu-hsiung Chapter, whose members are mainly people with military backgrounds and to which Shen is applying for membership, said it respects what the local chapter decides.

Shen has appealed for reconciliation, noting that high-level KMT authorities have welcomed her pursuit of KMT membership. Stating that she will respect the KMT's decision on her application, she will, she said, seek to build a reconciliation.

In the past few months, several core members of the PFP, a party consisting mostly of former KMT politicians, have joined the KMT. KMT authorities have reportedly said the party should accept Shen because it is necessary for the KMT and the PFP to merge eventually.

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