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Legislative election is battle to protect Taiwan, Chen says

President warns against KMT majority, says it will mean 'disaster for the nation'

Legislative election is battle to protect Taiwan, Chen says

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) claimed yesterday that if the pro-unification Kuomintang garners more than half of the seats in the January 12 legislative elections, it will mean "the disaster for the nation."
Chen, who concurrently serves as chairman of the ruling pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, urged voters to support the DPP, which he said represents Taiwan-centric consciousness.
Chen said that the legislative election is no longer the battle for an individual candidate or a party, but a battle to protect Taiwan from being taken by China, predicting that if no DPP candidates win in Taipei's eight constituencies, the party will "surely be ridiculed by China."
The president made the remarks when accompanying DPP legislative candidates Kao Chien-Chih and Wang Shih-chien on a visit to a temple in Shihlin, Taipei to canvass support.
He expressed hope that Taipei City, a stronghold of the KMT and administered by a KMT mayor, will not only support the DPP presidential ticket of Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), but will also support the DPP legislative candidates, saying that every constituency in Taipei counts.
The president also expressed hope that the public will support the DPP when casting their ballots for a political party, saying that this will help the DPP garner its target of 50 seats in the streamlined 113-seat legislature to form a stable majority.
Chen, who was suffering from a cold, said his disabled wife Wu Shu-jen also had a fever of 39 degrees Celsius, and he prayed to the goddess Matsu to seek her blessing for his wife's speedy recovery.
Chen's close aides said that the president will continue to have a full campaign schedule prior to the January 12 legislative elections.


Updated : 2021-08-02 05:44 GMT+08:00