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Former president re-admitted to opposition party

Former president re-admitted to opposition party

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) Former President Chen Shui-bian was re-admitted to Taiwan's main opposition party Wednesday, even though some party elders had expressed reservations about the move. Chen, 62, is serving a lengthy prison sentence for corruption he was involved in during his eight-year presidency. By a majority vote, a five-person review panel of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) approved Chen's application to have his party membership restored. The party's central committee had earlier agreed to re-admit Chen. The party had hoped for a unanimous decision but the review panel had to settle the matter by a majority vote in the end, said Kuan Bi-ling, convener of the panel and a DPP lawmaker. She would not disclose how many of the panelists were against re-admitting the former president. Faced with multiple corruption charges, Chen withdrew his membership in August 2008, less than three months after the end of his second presidential term. (By Justin Su and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-05-18 18:02 GMT+08:00