After recall motion fails, James Soong calls for no-confidence vote in cabinet, while Ma Ying-jeou takes more cautious line Taiwan's opposition camp of the Kuomintang and People First Party (PFP) appears to be divided over its next move after failing to oust President Chen Shui-bian through a recall motion. As expected, the opposition failed to win enough votes to have the recall motion passed yesterday, collecting just 119 votes in the 221-seat legislature. Although the opposition holds a slim majority in the legislature, it fell well short of the 148 votes - or two-thirds legislative majority - needed to authorise a public referendum on whether the island's scandal-plagued leader should be sacked. PFP leader James Soong Chu-yu declared yesterday that his party would push for another special session of the legislature to cast a no-confidence vote in the cabinet headed by Premier Su Tseng-chang. 'The next move would be to gather all support to topple the Su cabinet, then dissolve the legislature for a re-election and then initiate another recall motion to oust [Mr Chen],' he said outside the legislature after the vote. Mr Soong said that if the ruling Democratic Progressive Party continued to support Mr Chen, it would have to 'shoulder all the sins of Chen Shui-bian'. Under the constitution, the president has the right to choose whether to dissolve the legislature or appoint another premier after a no-confidence vote in the cabinet. However, KMT chairman Ma Ying-jeou, seen as the opposition's best chance for the 2008 presidential polls, said his party 'does not rule out toppling the cabinet in the future, but before taking such an action, careful plans must be made to avoid unnecessary problems'. He was speaking shortly after Mr Soong declared his plan to topple the cabinet. Mr Ma said the consequence of toppling the cabinet would be the dissolution of the legislature. 'But before detailed plans about how the electoral districts should be divided and how the at-large legislators should be selected are decided, it would be [too early] to call for a no-confidence vote,' he said. Electoral authorities have yet to announce the final plan for the next legislative elections but have confirmed the number of seats will be reduced to 113 through a single-district, two-ballot vote, making it more difficult for smaller parties to win seats. Mr Ma said his party supported any action to oust Mr Chen, but it should be done at the right time. He said his party would continue its petition drive to oust Mr Chen, even though it has no legal effect. The KMT says it has already collected more than 1.7 million signatures. At the same time, it will hold more than 1,500 small seminars across Taiwan to focus attention on what it claims is the corruption of the Chen government and the case for dismissing the president. Analysts said the divide between Mr Ma and Mr Soong would deal a blow to the opposition camp and reduce its ability to have any impact on the Chen government. The KMT has 89 seats in the 221-seat legislature and needs the help of 23 legislators from the PFP to outvote the DPP and its Taiwan Solidarity Union ally, which together hold 98 seats. 'But in comparison, the DPP suffers even bigger harm since it chooses to stand by President Chen, plagued by a corrupt image,' said Emile Sheng, professor of political science at Soochow University. But analysts do not expect the opposition divide to do long-term harm to Mr Ma, given that he has chosen to adopt a more moderate approach in ousting Mr Chen. Rather, they said, Mr Soong, who has hinted at running in the year-end Taipei mayoral poll, might find his chances hurt by a confrontational approach.