Taiwan’s Chen survives key vote – BBC

From BBC News: Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian has survived a parliamentary attempt to oust him from office over scandals besetting his family and advisers. More than half Taiwan’s legislators backed a motion to recall Mr Chen, but it fell short of the two-thirds majority required to pass. Thousands of Mr Chen’s opponents and supporters gathered […]

Ma leads anti-Chen rally in Kaohsiung – Mo Yan-chih

From the Taipei Times: Ignoring the summer heat of southern Taiwan, thousands of people yesterday took part in a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)– organized rally in Kaohsiung to demand the ouster of President Chen Shui-bian, while outside, separated by barbed-wire blockades, more than 1,000 pan-green supporters showed up to voice their support for the embattled […]

Untangling Taiwan – Philip Bowring

From the International Herald Tribune: The theatrical aspects of Taiwan politics can be an embarrassment for those who see the island republic as a beacon of liberal democracy. But perhaps more worrying is not what happens on the public stage but the behind-the-scene deals which inhibit good government. Conversely, although cross-straits tensions with the mainland […]

20, 000 Call for Taiwanese Leader to Quit – AP

From AP via the New York Times: Some 20,000 Taiwanese demonstrated in the capital Saturday, demanding the president resign over allegations some of his relatives engaged in insider trading. The protest was part of an opposition campaign for a referendum to oust President Chen Shui-bian, whose term ends in 2008. A new opinion poll found […]

Time to step aside, Taiwan’s Chen told – Ting-I Tsai

From Asia Times Online: Taiwan’s opposition parties officially launched a campaign on Saturday to demand that the island’s embattled President Chen Shui-bian resign, two days after Chen announced he would relinquish some of his power to his cabinet. Thousands of Taiwanese demonstrated in front of the presidential palace on Saturday. The campaign, however, could help […]

Scandals are a test of democracy, etc. – Taipei Times

Opinion from the Taipei Times, by Paul Lin, (link): The insider-trading scandal has inflicted serious damage on the Democratic Progressive Party‘s (DPP) image. But if we can step away from the blue-green antagonism and instead look at the overall situation, the scandal is both a test of Taiwan’s democratic system and a milestone in the […]

KMT launches petition asking Chen to quit – Shih Hsiu-chuan

From the Taipei Times (link): Given the difficulty of passing a recall motion against the president over a string of recent scandals, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators yesterday urged the public to sign a petition asking President Chen Shui-bian to resign. “Signing the petition would be the first step for the public to voice their […]



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