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'Stepping down while suffering a wrong' a good choice for President Chen

'Stepping down while suffering a wrong' a good choice for President Chen

First lady Wu Shu-chen was indicted by the Taipei Prosecutor's Office on corruption and forgery of document charges on Friday. Two days later, President Chen Shui-bian, while speaking at a press conference, categorically denied any wrongdoing, saying that should the Taipei District Court declare Wu guilty, he would step down from his office.
However, we consider it as one of the best solutions to resolve the present political crisis in Taiwan if President Chen is to "tender his resignation willingly, even though he would suffer a wrong by stepping down."
We believe President and Mrs. Chen are clean and would not illegally pocket public money. But if President Chen would choose to step down willingly, it could make the opposition 'blue camp' politicians powerless as they would lose a target to point at their accusing fingers. At the same time, the action would calm down the current political turmoil, enabling the people to return to their normal life. Without taking any drastic action by the president, the present political strife would continue, and it is expectable that Taiwan's political situation would remain unstable even after the district court unveils a ruling.
As a matter of fact, President Chen has achieved much in Taiwan's democratization in the past six years. Nonetheless, the opposition camp and the media still vehemently smeared him. However, President Chen's forbearance and steadiness, leading Taiwan through this political thick and thin, still won our approval.
The first lady was one of the pioneers of Taiwan's democratization. Because of her insistent support on Chen's joining of the democratization movement, she was victimized in a traffic accident, rendering her to the confinement of a wheelchair the rest of her life. She also took care of raising two children while Chen was imprisoned over political charges.
Since becoming the first lady in 2000, Wu has also been a target of groundless accusations by the opposition. She bore all these assailments bravely without complaint.
As a solution to the present political crisis in Taiwan, we deem it advisable that the President should "tender his resignation willingly, though he would suffer a wrong by stepping down." The tendering of resignation does not mean that he is guilty of the charges. On the contrary, the retirement from the job would show his political acumen and wisdom. After baring his heart, many supporters of the "green camp" have trusted in his words again. The "stepping down" would rekindle the morale of the Democratic Progressive Party card-carriers and offer a good opportunity for the DPP to start again after the setback.
As for Vice President Annette Lu, who would succeed President Chen, and other political leaders, we hope them to show clemency toward Chen and treasure the example he had set. The new president should provide Chen and Wu a special pardon even though they are convicted in the future, as we believe that the pardon will be conducive to Taiwan to restructure a new political environment.


Updated : 2021-09-21 10:09 GMT+08:00