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Rally to promote referendum law to go ahead today

AP , TAIPEI

Lawmakers and activists have planned a massive march in Kaohsiung today to push for a new law allowing nationwide referendums.

The Democratic Progressive Party said both President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) would speak at the parade .

The referendum march is timed to coincide with so-called Retrocession Day, a day marking the anniversary of Taiwan's supposed return to Chinese rule in 1945 after 50 years of Japanese occupation.

The introduction of referendums is a key element in the president's campaign ahead of the March presidential election.

Chen has promised not to hold an independence referendum as long as China doesn't attack. He has said he wants to hold a vote on pressing domestic issues, such as whether construction on a controversial nuclear plant should be completed.

Different proposals for referendum laws are up for review in the legislature.

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