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Ex-VP Lu hospitalized after 81 hours of hunger strike

Ex-VP Lu hospitalized after 81 hours of hunger strike

Taipei, Jan. 1 (CNA) Former Vice President Annette Lu was hospitalized early Thursday due to physical weakness after 81 hours of hunger strike to call for the medical parole of jailed former President Chen Shui-bian. Doctors diagnosed Lu's symptoms as leg cramps, stomach ache, increased blood pressure and low blood sugar after she was admitted to National Taiwan University Hospital at around 1:10 a.m., her office said through her Facebook page. "Annette Lu is currently resting in the hospital and she appreciates your concerns and wishes you a happy New Year," the office said. Lu, 70, began fasting at 4 p.m. Dec. 28 in protest against the government's continued imprisonment of the ailing Chen, 64, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for corruption. Lu was Chen's deputy during the former president's two terms that stretched from 2000 to 2008. Chen was Taiwan's first president from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, ending over fifty years of rule by the Kuomintang. A medical team responsible for assessing Chen's health recommended on Monday that he be granted medical parole, which some had hoped would allow him to be released from Taichung Prison on New Year's Eve. The handling of Chen's parole request, however, was delayed apparently because official documents failed to reach the Agency of Corrections in Taoyuan by the end of the business day on Wednesday due to heavy holiday traffic, the Justice Ministry said. A decision can be expected before noon Monday, the first working day of the new year, according to Vice Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang. (By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-18 00:01 GMT+08:00