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MOFA responds to Saddam's execution
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday that although capital punishment remains a highly controversial issue, the execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein would be considered worthwhile if his death truly brought forth peace and stability to the war-torn region.
"We hope Hussein's death will mark the end of a great tragedy and that the people in the Middle East will soon enjoy peace through continuous dialogue among the countries involved," said MOFA spokesman David Wang (王建業).
ID card deadline
At least 1.75 million people have not renewed their national identification cards, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday, one day before today's deadline for the change. MOI said starting January 1, the old identification card will not be recognized by government agencies or financial institutions on occasions such as applying for a passport, buying tickets for domestic flights, getting a driver's license, notarizing documents, voting, applying for social welfare or applying for credit cards.
In order to receive the new identification card, applicants must present their old cards, personal chops and a picture to their local Household Registration Office in person.
Lien's son ties knot
Kuomintang Central Standing Committee member Lien Sheng-wen (連勝文) kissed bachelorhood goodbye on Friday when he tied the knot with his Brown University doctoral candidate fiance, Tsai Yi-shan, in court. A small private banquet, attended by mostly family members and close friends was held last night at Tsai's mother's upscale restaurant in Taipei City.
Lien, the eldest son of KMT honorary chairman Lien Chan (連戰), said after consulting the Chinese lunar calendar for an ideal date, the couple has chosen January 22 to hold a bigger wedding reception. The newlyweds will then fly to Hawaii for a honeymoon.
The Lien-Tsai romance has received considerable media hype not only because of the groom's political connections but also because he was often seen as a playboy and a spendthrift when it came to his girlfriends. There were rumors that Lien showered his ex-girlfriend, television star Patty Hou, with lavish gifts such as jewelry and a car before she dumped him.
Borough chief vote
The election of 449 borough chiefs in Taipei City was held smoothly yesterday, although the turnout rate was only 31 percent, lower than the 37 percent of the last election, according to Pai Hsiu-hsiung (白秀雄), the chief of the city's Election Commission. As expected, the opposition Kuomintang, which dominates the capital city, won 237 seats, while independents got 175 seats and the ruling DPP managed only 37 seats. There were only 136 new faces among those voted in.


Updated : 2021-10-25 02:31 GMT+08:00