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DPP’s Liu wins by landslide in Yunlin


Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Liu Chien-kuo (劉建國) secured a landslide victory in yesterday’s Yunlin legislative by-election, giving the party a boost as corruption charges against former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) continue to dog the opposition party.

Liu garnered 74,272 votes, beating his Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) rival Chang Ken-hui (張艮輝) by nearly 45,000 votes. Voter turnout was 45.55 percent.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 September 2009 00:55 ) Read more...

Internet users slam Kadeer visa denial

The government’s decision to block exiled Uighur rights activist Rebiya Kadeer’s visit in December sparked an outcry among Internet users, with many condemning the decision.

“What an ‘honor’ for Taiwan that such shameful news has spread throughout the world so quickly,” a member of the online social networking system Plurk called “E23” said early yesterday morning when replying to a post by fellow Plurker Lavendersea that linked to reports published by several foreign media outlets on the government’s refusal of Kadeer’s intended visit.


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Minister of Education PanWen-chung answers questions yesterday at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) yesterday called on National Taiwan University (NTU) president-elect Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) to respond to allegations that he had illegally worked in China, saying that Kuan’s appointment would not be approved if a government task force found the allegation to be true.