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If Ma did not light the fire, who did?

By Chin Heng-wei 金恆煒

He used Article 44 in Chapter IV of the Republic of China Constitution to support his actions, but surely the prosecutor-general is aware that Chapter IV applies exclusively to the president. It is unconstitutional for the prosecutor-general to invoke it himself.

Above and beyond all other excuses he may want to give, in terms of the Constitution alone Huang’s leaking of intelligence to the president was a more serious transgression than former Bureau of Investigation director-general Yeh Sheng-mao’s (葉盛茂) concealment of government documents and leaking of confidential information to Chen, for which Yeh was jailed.

The title of a 1947 article by former National Taiwan University president Fu Si-nian (傅斯年) calling on then-premier Soong Tse-ven (宋子文) to resign famously read: “This kind of president simply has to go.”

If former US president Richard Nixon was forced to resign over Watergate, how can Ma stay in office after the damage he has done to Taiwan’s system of constitutional government?

Chin Heng-wei is a political commentator.

Translated by Paul Cooper

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