Abstract. In the paper  we derived first order (KKT) and second order (SSC) optimality conditions for functions defined by evaluation programs involving smooth elementals and absolute values. In that analysis, a key assumption on the local piecewise linearization was the Linear Independence Kink Qualification (LIKQ), a generalization of the Linear Independence Constraint Qualification (LICQ) known from smooth nonlinear optimization. We show here first that under LIKQ and SSC with strict complementarity, the natural algorithm of successive piecewise linear optimization with a proximal term (SPLOP) achieves a linear rate of convergence. A version of SPLOP called LiPsMin has already been implemented and tested in [10, 4]. Secondly, we observe that, even without any kink qualifications, local optimality of the nonlinear objective always requires local optimality of its piecewise linearization, and strict minimality of the latter is in fact equivalent to sharp minimality of the former. Moreover, we show that SPLOP will converge quadratically to such sharp minimizers, where the function exhibits linear growth. These results are independent of the particular function representation, and allow in particular duplications of switching variables and other intermediates. Furthermore, we derive for nonsharp minimizers necessary and sufficient optimality conditions without any kink qualification. Finally, we present numerical results to illustrate the obtained convergence results.