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DPP postpones its presidential primary

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Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Cho Jung-tai, left, walks past a crowd of reporters at the DPP’s headquarters in Taipei yesterday as he prepares to chair a Central Executive Committee meeting.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Top Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials have decided to delay the start of the party’s presidential primary from Friday to May 22, with the time frame for a public opinion poll to be worked out later, DPP Secretary-General Luo Wen-chia (羅文嘉) said yesterday after a meeting of the DPP Central Executive Committee.

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Su rejects Chinese citizen’s NHI bid

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The signage of the Mainland Affairs Council is pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Chung Li-hua, Taipei Times

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday lambasted legal expert Shao Tzu-ping (邵子平) for accepting Chinese citizenship while expecting to remain eligible for Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI) system and pension program.

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Taiwan’s media should be able to cover UN: RSF

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The UN’s headquarters in New York City is pictured on Oct. 9 last year.
Photo: Reuters

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) yesterday called for Taiwanese reporters to be allowed to cover UN events, including the annual World Health Assembly (WHA).

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Rally in Kaohsiung against ‘one country, two systems’

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People march against China’s “one country, two systems” framework in Kaohsiung. The banner reads: “Reject ‘one country, two systems’ and create a new Taiwanese nation.”
Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times

A group of about 1,000 people yesterday protested in Kaohsiung’s Labor Park against China’s proposal to implement a “one country, two systems” framework in Taiwan.

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‘Anti-united front’ bill being drafted

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A Web site aimed at attracting students from Taiwan to China with the phrase “Motherland Mainland” occurring twice is pictured in a screen grab from Feb. 23.
Screen grab from the Internet

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) yesterday pledged to propose an “anti-united front act” based on US legislation to counteract “severe undermining of Taiwanese democratic values” by Chinese “united front” tactics.

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No invite to swine fever meeting

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Pigs are seen in a holding pen at a New Taipei City pig farm on March 3 during a visit to the farm by staff from the African Swine Fever New Taipei City Disaster Response Center.
Photo: Chen Hsin-yu, Taipei Times

Taiwan has not yet received an invitation to the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) regional conference on African swine fever that is to take place in Beijing on Monday, but Vietnam is seeking the nation’s help in testing the virus, the Council of Agriculture said yesterday.

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US Marines to be stationed at AIT compound

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American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen yesterday mounts the address plate at the AIT’s new compound at 100 Jinhu Rd in Taipei’s Neihu District.
Photo: still from a video on the AIT Web site

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday said that plans for US Marines to be posted at its new compound in Taipei’s Neihu Distrcit (內湖) are consistent with common practice since 2005 and are part of efforts to ensure the safety of staff.

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Newsflash

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday apologized on behalf of its chairman, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), after he discussed a public opinion poll on the Yilan County commissioner election, but insisted that Ma did not do this to influence the election.

Article 53 of the Election and Recall Act (選舉罷免法) prohibits individuals and political parties from reporting on, publishing, ­commenting on or quoting the results of opinion polls in the 10 days leading up to an election.