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The Liberty Times Editorial: Voters can choose a brighter future

A new year, a new government and a new direction could bring new fortunes to Taiwan.

However, Ma, who is about to step down, has all along tried to build his legacy. From election day to the presidential handover on May 20, there is a four month constitutional window period, and whether or not Ma respects the public’s will and calmly helps his successor accomplish a smooth handover in accordance with the example set by former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) in 2000 is a constitutional issue that has lately received a fair deal of attention.

As a legal framework regulating the process has yet to be established, some political observers recently proposed that national security matters should be handed over to the next president the day after the election and — to safeguard national security and constitutional development — this is a necessary step.

Ma should take this good advice and set a precedent.

Whether Taiwan’s difficulties are to be perpetuated or if Taiwanese can face the new year with confidence and the nation can create its own fortunes is to depend on the wisdom of voters.

The Jan. 16 presidential election is exceptionally important, and we therefore remind all Taiwanese that we are responsible for the nation’s future and that we must make an active and wise choice at the ballot box.

Translated by Perry Svensson

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