Sun, Jul 06, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Premier says he will not run in next year's election

CNA , TAIPEI

Premier Yu Shyi-kun yesterday said that he is not planning to take part in next year's presidential election and urged reporters to stop reporting that he is one of the possible vice-presidential candidates.

Yu spoke watching a flood-fighting drill while on an inspection tour in Luchou, Taipei County, when he was asked about his remarks the previous day that he would not continue in his public career after the inauguration of the president next year.

The premier said that he plans to take part in charity work or return to the private sector after the inauguration ceremony on May 20 next year, adding that there are "unlimited possibilities" regarding his future plans.

Pointing out that under the Republic of China Constitution, the Executive Yuan must be reshuffled before new members of the Legislative Yuan are sworn in and before a new president takes his office, Yu said he has mapped his plans for the future up to May next year.

As President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has yet to announce his campaign partner for the 2004 presidential election, Yu Shyi-kun as well as Taipei County Commissioner Su Chen-chang (蘇貞昌) have often been mentioned by the media as possible candidates.

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