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Taiwan's Ma crosses big hurdle en route to presidential nomination

Taiwan's Ma crosses big hurdle en route to presidential nomination

The presidential campaign of Ma Ying-jeou got a boost Wednesday when a key body in Taiwan's main opposition Nationalist Party endorsed the beleaguered former party chairman as its presidential nominee for the March 2008 poll.
Ma must still win the entire party's approval at an island-wide congress in June, but the approval of the Nationalists' policy-making Central Standing Committee appeared to make that a formality.
The Standing Committee's step comes as Ma stands trial on graft charges in a Taipei court, and Nationalist kingpin Wang Jin-pyng is adopting a strategic silence about his own presidential ambitions.
Wang, the speaker of Taiwan's Legislature, may be waiting for Ma's corruption trial verdict, which is not expected before the Nationalist congress in June.
Ma is accused of diverting 11 million New Taiwan dollars (US$333,000;


Updated : 2021-05-06 10:11 GMT+08:00