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2006-06-28 21:35:07

By Benjamin Kang Lim TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's scandal-plagued President Chen Shui-bian has staved off an unprecedented parliamentary vote to unseat him, but his woes and the island's political crisis are far from over. The island's main opposition Nationalist Party is pressing ahead with a drive in which it has so far collected 1.75 million signatures, urging Chen to resign over scandals involving his family and close aides. Taiwan has a population of about 23 million. The...

2006-06-27 00:44:11

By Benjamin Kang Lim TAIPEI (Reuters) - Scandal-plagued Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian offered to mend fences with China and the island's opposition on Tuesday after surviving an unprecedented parliamentary vote aimed at unseating him. Thousands of Chen supporters and opponents protested outside parliament, but were separated by barbed-wire barricades. No clashes were reported. Up to 5,000 policemen were mobilized to maintain order. As expected the main opposition Nationalist Party...

2006-06-26 21:24:39

By Benjamin Kang Lim TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's parliament gathered on Tuesday to vote on an opposition motion to oust President Chen Shui-bian as thousands protested outside, but the unprecedented challenge to the embattled leader appears set to fail. Barbed-wire barricades were set up outside parliament in Taipei ahead of the vote, apparently to prevent about 10,000 Chen supporters from clashing with thousands of opposition protesters. Up to 5,000 policemen were mobilised to...

2006-06-26 04:57:03

By Benjamin Kang Lim TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's opposition has gathered over 1.5 million signatures calling on President Chen Shui-bian to resign on the eve of a parliamentary vote seeking to oust him over a series of scandals, it said on Monday. Parliament votes on Tuesday on whether to authorize a referendum to unseat him, but the motion is expected to be defeated because the main opposition Nationalist Party and splinter People First Party lack the necessary two-thirds...

2006-06-18 23:28:08

By John Ruwitch TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's popularity has risen slightly since May, a poll showed on Monday, but more than half the respondents felt he was unfit to rule. The survey by the China Times and a television station found that 28 percent were satisfied with Chen's performance as president, up from 21 percent in May, when his son-in-law was detained in relation to insider trading allegations. The rise could provide a crumb of comfort for Chen who...

2006-06-18 02:54:46

CHANGHUA, Taiwan (Reuters) - Thousands of people rallied in central Taiwan on Sunday, marking the third straight weekend of protests calling for President Chen Shui-bian to resign over scandals involving his family and senior aides. The demonstration in the city of Changhua, roughly 150 km (90 miles) south of Taipei, came a day after several thousands of people gathered in the capital to support Chen, whose public approval ratings have sunk to all-time lows amid relentless pressure...

2006-06-12 20:20:16

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A special session of Taiwan's parliament convenes on Tuesday for the opposition to present a motion to oust President Chen Shui-bian, turning up the heat over a series of scandals involving his family and former aides. The motion is unlikely to pass, analysts say, because the opposition -- led by the Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang -- lacks the two-thirds required to push it through, despite a slim majority in parliament. Nevertheless, it deepens a political...

2006-06-10 06:15:22

By Richard Dobson TAIPEI (Reuters) - Thousands of people took to the streets of Taiwan's capital on Saturday for the second consecutive weekend, calling for President Chen Shui-bian to quit over a deepening financial scandal involving his family members. Wielding banners and shouting slogans, protesters yelled, "If you're corrupt, what must you do? Step down!," as they crowded onto the streets facing the presidential office in Taipei. Analysts say the protests are maintaining...

2006-06-10 06:03:04

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Thousands of people took to the streets of Taiwan's capital on Saturday for the second consecutive weekend, calling for President Chen Shui-bian to quit over a deepening financial scandal involving his family members. The protest came as opposition parties intensified pressure on Chen to step down after his son-in-law was detained last month on suspicion of insider trading. The first lady has been accused of accepting millions of Taiwan dollars worth of department...

2006-05-30 03:08:43

By Benjamin Kang Lim TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's biggest opposition party is waiting for scandals besetting President Chen Shui-bian to snowball and implicate other members of the first family before seeking his ouster, party leader Ma Ying-jeou said on Tuesday. The opposition Nationalist Party has been inundated with complaints after Ma deflected calls for Chen to be removed from office in a parliamentary vote over an insider trading scandal which has ensnared the president's...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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