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Su dismisses reports he sobbed to president and asked to resign

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), one of the ruling party's four contenders in its presidential primary, yesterday denied reports that he sobbingly told President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) he wanted to resign after the three other contenders accused him of using his policymaking power to boost his campaign. The ruling Democratic Progressive Party's three other presidential aspirants, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun (游錫<方方土>), and former Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), last Friday jointly accused Su of using his position to make preferential policies to woo county magistrates and city mayors, and labeled it as open vote buying. In response to a request by a Kuomintang legislator to respond to the accusation, Su dismissed the statement during an interpellation session in the Legislature as a misunderstanding on the part of the three other presidential aspirants, saying that the Cabinet's efforts to meet local needs is a matter of course. The Cabinet's work should never stop because of elections, he insisted. As for the media report regarding his intentions to resign, Su said, "It is not true," adding that the Taiwan media often spreads incorrect information and sometimes blatantly makes up stories. In response to another legislator's question about another media report that Hsieh had predicted Su would quit his post to concentrate on his campaign, Su said that he has not made any such an announcement and has no such intentions. The resignation of a premier is matter of major importance and should not be considered recklessly, Su said, adding that he will do his best to fulfill his duties as premier. Su stressed that media reports regarding the remarks from Hsieh's camp was false. When asked whether he intended to quit after the presidential primary, Su reiterated that he had not made any decision to resign his job as premier.

Updated : 2021-05-09 06:37 GMT+08:00