Huang's lawyer files appeal
A lawyer for Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Huang Chun-ying (黃俊英) yesterday filed an appeal with the Executive Yuan to rescind the Central Election Commission's (CEC) declaration of Chen Chu (陳菊) as the winner in the Dec. 9 polls. Huang's lawyer Ho Hsu-ling (何旭苓) and KMT Taipei City Councilor Lai Su-ru (賴素如) told the Commission for Examining Petitions and Appeals that there were many flaws during the election process and so the CEC should nullify Chen's win. Accused of vote-buying by Chen's campaign office on the eve of the election, Huang later filed a lawsuit against Chen's camp and asked the court to seize the ballots and conduct a recount.
KRTC asks for extension
A Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp (KRTC) official confirmed yesterday that it has requested that the completion of the mass rapid transit (MRT) system for the city be extended by 18 months. Fan Chen-po (范陳柏), KRTC general manager, said that because of construction accidents, labor shortages and funding problems, the system will not be able to meet the original goal of inauguration at the end of next year. Fan expressed hope that the company will make full preparations so that the long-awaited MRT system will be inaugurated in mid-2008. A section of the red line of the MRT system was opened to the public for a test ride on Nov. 1. Among the more-than 40,000 people who rode the line, the approval rating was 95 percent. But Fan said that construction accidents in recent years, such as one section of the orange line which sustained two cave-ins, have seriously disrupted the progress of construction. In addition, the number of laborers required for the intersection of the red and orange lines is very large and cannot be resolved in time, he said.
Soong takes long vacation
People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) and his wife arrived on Thursday in San Francisco, where they will be vacationing. Soong, who was defeated in the Dec. 9 Taipei mayoral election and announced his retirement from politics later that same day, said he might stay in the US for as long as six months. According to Soong, prior to his departure from Taiwan on Tuesday, he reached a consensus with former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan (連戰), KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) on consolidating their two parties in time for next year's legislative elections and the 2008 presidential election.
Taipei to celebrate Xmas Eve
The Taipei City Government will spread some holiday cheer tomorrow, Christmas Eve, by inviting residents to attend a Christmas party. Before handing over the city government to the new mayor on Monday, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will lead representatives from private businesses and church members in singing carols and handing out candy around the streets of Xinyi at 9pm on Christmas Eve. For new immigrants, there will be a "New Immigrants Christmas Feast" at the Civic Plaza at noon tomorrow. New immigrants will be invited to join in with songs from various countries, which is intended to show support and encouragement to newcomers. A Christmas party will be held at the plaza at 6:30pm with pop stars and bands performing seasonal songs.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu