Thu, Nov 09, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Premier hints that he will be staying on to finish term

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) hinted during yesterday's weekly Cabinet meeting that he was determined to stay and finish his term as premier.

"Politics can be chaotic, but the government should keep functioning and it is my job to make sure that happens," Su said.

His remarks were interpreted as a hint that he would stay on as premier despite rumors that he would resign to distance himself from the president.

Su said the indictment of the first lady for corruption and forgery reflected the maturity of Taiwan's democracy.

"It is a sign that our democracy has reached another level," he said, adding that the "stock market remains steady and foreign investment keeps increasing."

No unlawful protests took place, Su said, adding: "I think all of my fellow 23 million Taiwanese deserve my salute."

Su said the Cabinet is the nation's highest administrative body and therefore responsible for taking care of the public's livelihoods.

The Cabinet is supposed to do its best to negotiate with the legislature and make proposals concerning the public and push for their passage, he said. He, as the premier, and his fellow Cabinet members would work to keep it that way, he said.

According to a Central News Agency report last night, Su said at the Democratic Progressive Party's Central Executive Committee meeting yesterday morning that he had met the president last week to discuss whether he should resign as premier.

Su said the president had asked him to stay on by expressing the hope that he would look at the "greater picture."

A moment of silence was also observed during the Cabinet meeting for former minister of justice Chen Ding-nan (陳定南), who died on Sunday.

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