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Taiwanese rally ahead of presidential poll

TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Tens of thousands of Taiwanese waved banners and shouted political slogans Sunday, as the island’s rival parties rallied support ahead of the March 22 presidential elections.

The Taiwan-wide Super Sunday events were meant to energize supporters in the home stretch of a race that has so far lacked the passion and commitment of presidential elections in 2000 and 2004.

Chen Shui-bian will be replaced in May by either Ma Ying-jeou of the opposition Nationalists, or Frank Hsieh of Chen’s Democratic Progressive Party.

In recent days, Ma and Hsieh have been jousting over who can best deal with China — the island’s biggest rival, and longtime nemesis of the independence-minded Chen.

Beijing claims self-ruled, democratic Taiwan is part of Chinese territory and should unify with the mainland.
Taiwanese rally ahead of presidential poll – found here.


March 17, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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