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DPP task force to push for adopting new constitution

By Chang Yun-Ping  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) decided yesterday to establish a task force designed to push for a new constitution, as called for by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).

"The task force is designed to formulate the contents of the new constitution, as well as the procedures needed to engineer a new constitution. It is also serves as a medium to collect cross-party opinions and the public's suggestions on the constitutional reform issue," DPP Deputy Secretary General Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) said yesterday after the party's weekly closed-door Central Standing Committee meeting.

The task force will comprise nine members. The members are: DPP Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄), retired National Taiwan University law professor Lee Hung-hsi (李鴻禧), Presidential Office Secretary-General Chiou I-jen (邱義仁), Examination Yuan Chairman Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文), DPP Arbitration Committee chairman Chen Chi-sheng (陳繼勝), Presidential Adviser and former law professor at Yale University Chen Lung-chu (陳隆志), senior DPP official Chang Chun-hung (張俊宏) and ministers without portfolio Hsu Chih-hsiung (許志雄) and Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮).

Meanwhile, the party's Central Standing Committee yesterday invited Chairwoman of the Council for Cultural Affairs Tchen Yu-chiou (陳郁秀) and Hakka Affairs Council Chairwoman Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) to report on the government's cultural policies.

Chen Shui-bian, also the party's chairman, said yesterday, "After the DPP came to power, it has been promoting cultural diversity to allow the various cultures native to Taiwan, including the Aboriginal, Hakka and Minnan cultures, to be revitalized."

Chen said diverse cultural values were not permitted during the 50 years of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) rule as the KMT promoted a Chinese national consciousness and forbade the development of Taiwan-oriented cultures.

Chen said the spirit of linguistic, ethnic and cultural diversity will be incorporated into the party's plan for a new constitution.

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