Thu, Dec 23, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Chen reaffirms plans to change the constitution


President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) reaffirmed yesterday that Taiwan wants to promote a constitutional re-engineering project and he hopes to hand a new constitution that is "timely, relevant and viable" to the nation by 2008.

President Chen made the remarks while meeting with visiting Duke University Professor Donald Horowitz at the Presidential Office.

Chen noted that discussions regarding constitutional reform were centered on whether Taiwan was better suited to a Cabinet system or a a presidential one.

The president said that Taiwan's constitutional system is unique, with some believing that it leans toward being a Cabinet system, while others think that after six constitutional amendments over the past decade, it is tilting toward a presidential one.

He also said recent statements by an opposition party were outrageous, referring to Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan's (連戰) call for a KMT member to head the Cabinet.

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