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President to remain neutral during TV interview

President Chen Shui-bian, seeking to remain neutral in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's presidential primary, said Thursday he will not publicly throw his weight behind any candidate when he appears on a primetime TV talk show tomorrow.
Chen made the assurance while paying a visit to a temple in Hsinchu City in the morning. He is due to accept a live interview with SET cable news channel between 9pm and 11pm Friday.
"I'm not going to openly support any candidate during the interview," Chen told reporters. "I absolutely back Taiwan, though.”
As Chen volunteered to accept the interview, many are speculating he intends to break his silence and endorse a favored candidate during the program, two days before the primary.
Last week, Vice President Annette Lu and DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun accused Chen of aiding Premier Su Tseng-chang even though he has promised to stay neutral.
Lu warned the party to brace for infighting if the primary has proved unfair.
Former premier Frank Hsieh, on the other hand, said he believed the president will live up to his neutrality pledge.