Sat, May 27, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Government still working fine, Su says

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The alleged involvement of Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘), the president's son-in-law, in insider trading has not disrupted the government's operations, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday.

"The case of [Chao] should be treated as an isolated case" that did not involve the president, Su said, dismissing calls from the opposition to recall the president and appeals from his own Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to ask the president to hand over most of his power to Su.

Su made the remarks before chairing a Cabinet meeting.

"Treating the case as more than an isolated case would only make Taiwan a more turbulent nation, and could even result in a political battle," Su said.

Su said that the president's performance in recent days showed that he has been steadily, continuously and effectively leading the nation.

"I think the people of the nation should give their strong support to the president," he said.

Su urged the people to put themselves in the president's shoes.

"One can imagine how heavy a burden the president has, but he has been very strong in leading the nation," Su said.

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