Sat, Aug 26, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Society calls for action before campaign


Members of a political society in Taichung yesterday called for proponents of a campaign to depose President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to pay more attention to national issues of greater importance.

Members of the Taichung-based Central Taiwan Society told legislators from the pan-blue alliance of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and People First Party that the society would support the campaign as soon as the opposition lawmakers pass 10 draft bills into law that have greater significance and urgency than unseating Chen.

Members of the society, including medical professionals, academics and owners of small and medium-size enterprises in central Taiwan, called for pan-blue legislators to first pass a bill calling for Taiwan to bid to join the UN under the name of Taiwan before throwing their support behind an unprecedented round-the-clock sit-in being led by former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Shih Ming-teh (施明德) to oust the president.

They said that the opposition lawmakers should also direct their energy and time away from the campaign and focus on other important issues, including the KMT's controversial assets, the appointment of Control Yuan members, the amendment to the national health insurance program, the long-stalled arms procurement bill, the name change for Taiwan's offices overseas and the engineering of a new Constitution that will better reflect Taiwan's current realities and better meet the needs of Taiwan.

They said that they would play an instrumental role in pushing for Chen to step down when the 10 important draft bills are passed into law and when Taiwan moves toward becoming a "normal country."

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