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Yeh likely the next female leader

Yeh likely the next female leader

Vice President Annette Lu may be right when she recently said that having female leaders in government is a world trend. Only that former acting Kaohsiung mayor Yeh Chu-lan, instead of Lu, may be the female leader the country would have in 2008.
It is not surprising that many painted Yeh as a potential presidential candidate for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party when Yeh retired from her office on December 25.
Yeh, 57, has a distinguished string of administrative credentials. She worked as a lawmaker, transportation minister, Council for Hakka Affairs chairwoman and vice premier before running the southern port city at the request of President Chen Shui-bian.
Her squeaky-clean image will prove a valuable asset with the first family and key DPP officials beset by a spate of corruption scandals.
Former national policy advisor to the president Koo Kuan-ming has openly suggested Frank Hsieh, a former premier and Kaohsiung mayor, consider teaming up with Yeh when seeking the party's presidential nomination.
Others have speculated Chen may name her as premier or Control Yuan chief in light of her stature in the party. Yeh herself has remained mum on her political ambition.
Her gender and ethnic background will provide another edges for the widow of pro-democracy fighter Chen Nan-zon, who died of immolation to defend his freedom of speech.
Amiable, low-keyed and cautious, Yeh has few enemies within the DPP whereas Lu's outspokenness has made her a gadfly. DPP presidential aspirants cannot afford to ignore Yeh as the 2008 presidential campaign draws nearer.


Updated : 2021-07-31 05:21 GMT+08:00