Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party has failed in its attempt to push through a bill that could force Kuomintang presidential hopeful Ma Ying-jeou out of the contest for the post next year. With the support of the People First Party (PFP), the main opposition KMT yesterday succeeded in getting an adjournment of the legislative session to vote on the passage of the so-called 'Ma Ying-jeou bill'. 'The session is now adjourned,' Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said after the KMT obtained PFP support in a showdown that saw a 100-97 vote against the DPP bill. The next session would be held in two weeks and, if the PFP supported a KMT motion to shelve the bill, there was little chance for its passage, legislative officials said. The bill, which is a revision of the Elections and Recalls Law, seeks to ban politicians from running as president or vice-president if they are convicted of corruption even in their first trial. At present, only those who are convicted of corruption in a Supreme Court trial, known as the third trial, or the last in the three-tier system, are barred. As Ma is on trial for corruption, the DPP's proposed revision is seen as targeting a popular politician who has remained a top presidential choice in opinion polls. He is seen as the opposition's best chance in the election next year. Ma was indicted in February for embezzling NT$11 million (HK$2.6 million) in a special monthly allowance allocated to him for public affairs spending when he was Taipei mayor between 1998 and last year. He has denied the charge. After the indictment, Ma resigned as KMT chairman and declared his presidential bid. He has vowed to continue to run even if he is convicted of corruption in the first trial. The DPP originally hoped the bill would be passed as PFP lawmakers refused to back the KMT in the agenda committee meeting on Wednesday to vote down the proposal's presentation.