Sun, Nov 28, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Lien calls on Chen to resign his party post to set example

CNA , Taipei

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) yesterday challenged President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to resign from his post as chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in order to end the "party-state" era in Taiwan.

During a campaign rally in Taichung County, Lien said the DPP has recently focused its criticism of the KMT on the "party-state" system during the period of KMT rule while at the same time trying to build its own "party-state."

Lien pointed to President Chen's concurrent role as DPP chairman and to the fact that all the Cabinet ministers are acting as campaigners in the Dec. 11 legislative elections to back up his claims of the DPP's intentions to build a "party-state."

Lien demanded that Chen step down from the DPP chairmanship and that the DPP remove itself from all media operations, state-run enterprises and financial institutions to set a proper example.

He said that the country has lost its direction after four years of DPP rule, with the Republic of China founding father Sun Yat-sen (孫中山) being called a "foreigner" and the history of the ROC being defined as "ancient history."

The KMT chairman said that the Dec. 11 elections are not only a chance for the people to choose their legislators, but also a moment for them to decide the future of the country.

He said the elections are about whether the ROC will continue to exist, whether peace will be achieved across the Taiwan Strait, whether the country will move toward dictatorship and demagoguery, and whether reconciliation will arrive in Taiwan society.

Lien criticized the DPP government for avoiding a number of serious problems facing the country, saying the DPP has so far failed to satisfactorily respond to doubts over the presidential election-eve shooting of Chen and the NT$610.8 billion (US$18.23 billion) arms procurement plan.

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