As Typhoon Nanmadol loomed over the country, President Chen Shui-bian (
Chen yesterday morning called DPP Deputy Secretary-General Lee Ying-yuan (
"In light of the uncertainty related to the rare typhoon, which is the first typhoon to ever hit Taiwan in the winter, President Chen showed his deep concern about the storm and stressed that preparing for its effects are the paramount concern at this moment," Lee said.
DPP Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung (
"Because most of the DPP's top campaign strategists are senior government personnel, they need to monitor for potential disasters caused by the typhoon. Therefore, for the sake of safety, the DPP decided to cancel the 100,000-person march scheduled for Taipei City," Chang said.
Lee said that the campaign rally in which former president Lee Teng-hui (
But whether to cancel the DPP's other march that is planned for Taichung City tomorrow will depend on the typhoon, Lee said.
Meanwhile, the parade scheduled for tomorrow by the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) in Taipei City to promote the creation of a new constitution and the rectification of the country's official name will occur as scheduled, a TSU official said.
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), which is planning a 100,000 person-strong rally in Taipei Sunday, said yesterday that it would wait on the weather to make a final decision about its campaign-events schedule this weekend.
While saying that the KMT was not afraid of either rain or wind, KMT spokesman Chang Jung-kung (