Sun, Feb 18, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Su stays mum on presidential bid

PRESIDENTIAL RACE The premier's staff members have found it necessary to confirm that he will stay in his post, but Su has not confirmed his candidacy

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Premier Su Tseng-chang meets ``Lucas,'' a sniffer dog used by the Council of Agriculture to sniff out illicit fruit and vegetables, at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday.

PHOTO: LIU HSIN-DER, TAIPEI TIMES

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday that he would make his plans for next year's presidential election known "when the time comes."

"I will do the appropriate thing at the appropriate time. I am not the kind of person who cares more about elections than working hard for the people," Su said.

The premier made his remarks during a visit to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport's Terminal 2 and tower yesterday morning.

Su has found himself at the center of speculation since fellow Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member and former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) announced on Friday that he will register for the party's primaries on March 5. After Hsieh's announcement, Su held a meeting with Cabinet Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) and ministers without portfolio Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀) and Lin Wan-yi (林萬億) and accepted an interview with Formosa Television. Su also canceled a visit to the Pinglin Highway Traffic Control Center planned for Friday afternoon.

Su yesterday again refused to comment on a story in the Chinese-language United Daily News which cited an anonymous Su staff member as "confirming" that the premier would not quit his post to concentrate on next year's presidential election.

"Hsieh is good presidential candidate and I wish him well," Su said. "Right now, I just want to do my job well and wish all Taiwanese people a peaceful and happy new year."

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