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DPP candidate urges rival to back U.N. referendums

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) Friday called on his rival not to boycott referendums supporting membership for Taiwan in the United Nations, saying such a move would be contrary to the Kuomintang candidate's profession of his love for the country.
Speaking during the second session of a campaign forum in which the two candidates expound their platforms and attacked their rivals, Hsieh said that KMT candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) should not repeat the KMT's boycott of referendums held alongside the January 12 legislative polls.
The U.N. referendums - proposed by both the DPP and the KMT, with each supporting using different names for the country's bid - will be held alongside the March 22 presidential polls.
Ahead of the January polls, the KMT urged eligible voters not to claim referendum ballots, arguing that the DPP government tied the two referendums to the elections to increase turnout among DPP supporters.
The DPP-sponsored referendum early this year was aimed at recovering the "ill-gotten" assets amassed by the KMT during its decades of authoritarian rule in Taiwan.
By contrast, the KMT-proposed referendum was aimed at authorizing the legislature to investigate corrupt top government officials.


Updated : 2021-06-15 12:22 GMT+08:00