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President's speech to nation divides political analysts

DISAGREEMENT Some political pundits saw sincerity in the president's comments, but he was also criticized for failing to prove that the recall motion didn't make sense

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

With regard to the strategy, Ger said that the president's use of Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese) in a public address was an apparent attempt to court pan-green supporters, most of whom are Hoklo native speakers.

"While the president claimed in his speech that he is a victim of ethnic persecution, his choice of the Hoklo dialect [sic] in fact deepens ethnic divisions," he said.

On a scale from zero to 100, Ger gave Chen a grade of 50.

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