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Key events in career of Taiwan's Chen

Key events in career of Taiwan's Chen

Key events in the career of former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian:
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1974: Starts law practice.
1980: Defends dissidents arrested in pro-democracy rally.
1981: Elected Taipei City Councilor.
1985: Loses Tainan County Magistrate election, wife Wu Shu-chen is run over by a truck in a postelection event and paralyzed from the waist down.
1986: Sentenced to eight months for defaming a Nationalist official.
1987: Completes his jail term; joins opposition Democratic Progressive Party.
1989: Elected to legislature.
1994: Elected Taipei mayor.
1998: Loses his re-election bid to Ma Ying-jeou, now Taiwan's president.
2000: Elected president, becoming the first non-Nationalist Taiwanese leader in 50 years.
2004: Wins re-election after being shot and lightly wounded on election eve.
April 2006: Opposition charges Wu received free department store gift vouchers in exchange for her help in controversial merger deal.
July 2006: Son-in-law indicted on insider trading charges.
Sept. 2006: Opposition launches mass rallies demanding Chen's resignation for his allegedly corrupt activities.
Nov. 2006: Wu indicted for embezzling from a special presidential fund.
Dec. 2006: Son-in-law convicted and sentenced to six years in prison.
March 22, 2008: Chen's DPP loses presidential poll to the Nationalists.
May 20, 2008: Chen leaves office at the end of his second term; corruption probe against him is launched.
Aug. 2008: Chen admits Wu wired at least $20 million overseas, but insists the money came from unused campaign contributions.
Oct. 7, 2008: Chen brother-in-law detained in money laundering investigation.
Oct. 31, 2008: Former National Security Council Secretary-General Chiou I-jen detained in expanding corruption investigation.
Nov. 4, 2008: Former Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Ma Yung-cheng detained in investigation.
Nov. 11, 2008: Chen arrested.


Updated : 2021-10-18 00:28 GMT+08:00