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PRESIDENT CHEN OUTLINES FOUR PRINCIPLES FOR SECOND TERM

2004-03-30 19:26:03

    Taipei, March 30 (CNA) President Chen Shui-bian Tuesday outlined solidarity, cross-Taiwan Strait stability, law and order and economic prosperity as the four principles to rule the country during his second term in the coming four years.

    Chen made the remarks at the weekly Central Standing Committee of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) -- the first of its kind after he succeeded in his re-election bid following the March 20 presidential election, in which he edged out the sole opposition candidate -- Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan -- by a very slim margin of 0.228 percent. Chen also serves as chairman of the DPP.

    Stating that his re-election marks the beginning of a new era and a new stage of responsibilities, Chen said that the ruling party must learn to be humbler, united and work harder to assume its full responsibilities for the country and its people.

    He reiterated that a "united Taiwan, " a "stable cross-strait relationship, " as well as "social stability, " and a "prosperous economy" will be the top four goals of his government during the four years ahead and called for greater respect, compassion and leniency for different opinions in compliance with law and order.

    At a time when large crowds are protesting over the election outcome, another large group of people are doing their best to keep silent and remain patient for the sake of love for this country, Chen stressed. "Regardless of which camp you belong to, the 23 million people of Taiwan should embrace each other with love and leniency," he urged.

    The president expressed his belief that the current woes will be eventually over and he added that Taiwan society will become stabler and prosperous after tackling over the impact. He vowed to continue carrying out reforms on a wide range of fronts, including the financial, judicial, educational, social and legislative areas.

(By Flor Wang)

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