Sun, Mar 23, 2008 - Page 1 News List

Decisive victory for Ma Ying-jeou

FIRST ON THE AGENDAMa, who has promised to strike a peace deal in a bid to end decades of cross-strait tension, called on China to dismantle its missiles aimed at Taiwan before the two sides can engage in peace talks

By Mo Yan-chih, Ko Shu-ling and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER, WITH AGENCIES

"It's common in the world to hold referendums in conjunction with national elections," Shieh said.

Casting his ballot in Taipei City yesterday morning, Chen told reporters he hoped to see the people elect a national leader who would protect national sovereignty.

"I hope the new leader does not turn Taiwan into a second Hong Kong or Tibet," he said. "Nor do I want to see him turn Taiwan into a special administrative region of China or a place where China stages violent crackdowns."

With the election of a new leader, Chen said he hoped the person would lead the country on the right course and that infighting between those supporting and opposing him would end with the end of his term.

Chen also urged the public to support the referendums regardless of their political affiliation.

Former president Lee Teng-hui(李登輝), who cast his ballot in Taoyuan County, said that he expected the new leader to improve the economy, lower unemployment and cut tuition fees.

Lee did not pick up referendum ballots, which he said was because he forgot to bring his referendum slip.

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