President Chen Shui-bian (
Retaliating against remarks made by Chen while the president was campaigning in Taipei County Sunday night, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (
"I think this time Chen's accusations are very, very serious. Because he told all of the nation's people that he has all the evidence in his hands, Chen should take responsibility and take action to stabilize the country and execute the nation's laws," Lien said yesterday in a press conference at KMT headquarters.
"Otherwise, Chen's guilty conscience, gossip-mongering, and inability to lead the country, these are serious things. We will pursue this to the end," Lien said.
KMT spokesperson Chang Jung-kung (
"He is saying these things only to make headlines and increase the DPP's support from voters [in the year-end legislative elections]. An administration should rely on its accomplishments to win people's hearts, not use fear to threaten people," Chang said yesterday.
Chen's allegations are also a serious accusation against Taiwan's military and the Ministry of National Defense, Chang said yesterday, adding that Chen's remarks completely ignore the contributions and loyalty of Tang Yao-ming (湯曜明), who was Minister of Defense during the election.
At a press conference yesterday, the KMT legislative caucus also called on Chen to provide evidence to support his claims and further encouraged the defense ministry to initiate a lawsuit against the president for defamation.
In response, opposition People First Party (PFP) caucus leader Liu Wen-hsiung (
Speaking in response to reporters' questions yesterday, Taipei City Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (
"As the nation's leader, as our symbol of unity, Chen should not define opposition parties as coup-d'etat instigators. With a situation like this, I can see that society will become even more divided after the legislative elections," the mayor said.