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President Ma rejects 'lame duck' label

President Ma rejects 'lame duck' label

Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou(???) said Friday that he has many things he still hopes to accomplish in his remaining time in office and does not feel like he is a lame duck president or presiding over a caretaker administration. The president said he could do a lot of things in his remaining 15 months, with those things that should be done getting done, he said. "It would not be a surprise if there were even some new things coming out," he said, adding that he has always felt that as long as he was serving as the Republic of China's president, he would not relax for even a day. "There is no caretaker government or lame duck president issue. I'll do the things that should be done," he said. The president made the remarks in an interview with UDN TV, a video channel of the United Daily News, amid reports that the Ma administration was in disarray after the ruling Kuomintang's crushing defeat in November's local elections. Commenting on the departures of several ministers, he said that former Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih (???) stepped down because his ministry's proposed financial restructuring plan for the debt-ridden Taiwan High-Speed Rail Company was rejected by the Legislature. The president said he could understand the decision to leave by former Defense Minister Yen Ming (??), who stepped down for personal reasons. In the end, only a few ministers left, Ma said, while the majority stayed and continue to actively promote related policies. He also said that some problems might come up in cross-strait relations, but he said one must look at "long, big and far away goals." Some issues may not be able to be solved at once, he said, but they could be solved step by step. He expressed his belief that "it's definitely possible" cross-strait relations could still move forward during his term. (By Kelven Huang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 15:34 GMT+08:00