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Chen asked to step down voluntarily

Chen asked to step down voluntarily

It is the public's will that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) step down voluntarily to take political and moral responsibility for a spate of corruption allegations implicating several of his senior aides and family members, the legislative caucus whip of the opposition Kuomintang claimed yesterday.Tsai Chin-lung, deputy secretary-general of the KMT's legislative caucus, made the remarks following a media report that former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), the "spiritual leader" of the opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union, would not continue to throw support behind President Chen.
Lee reportedly expressed reluctance to back Chen during his recent meetings with Pastor Kao Chun-ming and Pastor Luo Jung-kuang of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, as well as Presidential Office Secretary-General Tan Sun Chen, and asked the top presidential aide to give the president an article on the importance of moral character, written by Lung Ying-tai (龍應台), former director of the Taipei City government's bureau of cultural affairs.
The article was published in the China Times newspaper June 27
when the Legislative Yuan was scheduled to vote on a recall motion
initiated by the opposition "pan-blue alliance" of the KMT and the
People First Party to force Chen to step down.
Tsai said that Lee and Chen have been attached to each other "like father and son," but that the former president had told the top presidential aide "he will not side with those who fail to uphold integrity."
Lee's move has not only shown his discontent with Chen's administration but also reflects the average Taiwanese person's hope that Chen will quit his job voluntarily and refrain from using political slogans - such as "safeguarding the indigenous regime" and "love Taiwan" - as a protective shield, Tsai pointed out.


Updated : 2021-10-22 05:19 GMT+08:00