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2004-12-07 22:57:33

    Kaohsiung, Dec. 7 (CNA) President Chen Shui-bian said Tuesday he looks forward to a victory for the "pan-green camp" in this weekend's legislative elections, as it would strengthen his mandate to negotiate with mainland China.

    Chen made the remarks during a barnstorming tour of Kaohsiung County to drum up support for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) five candidates in the southern Taiwan constituency.

    Chen said the DPP and the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), commonly known as the "pan-green camp," must jointly win more than half of the seats up for grabs in the upcoming elections, as he said this would ensure domestic political stability and facilitate a resumption of dialogue across the Taiwan Strait.

    In the final 72 hours of the Dec. 11 election campaign, Chen said he will attend rallies in the 23 constituencies around the island and will hold 14 small news conference in various areas to canvass votes for DPP candidates. Chen said the DPP's ultimate goal is to capture 101 seats.

    Meanwhile, he warned at a weekly meeting of the DPP's Central Standing Committee in his capacity as DPP chairman that if the "pan-green camp" fails to gain a clear majority in the new legislature, the opposition "pan-blue alliance" of the Kuomintang and the People First Party will create the chaos of "one country, two governments, " which would cause a constitutional and government crisis.

    He recalled that the "pan-blue alliance, " with its slim majority in the current legislature, railroaded the unconstitutional "truth commission statute" through the legislative floor Aug. 24.

    If the "pan-blues" gain a clear majority in the new legislature, Chen said, they will pass even more controversial laws to realize their goal of forming their own "Cabinet."

    Even if the "pan-blue alliance" cannot form its own "government, " Chen said, it might abuse its legislative majority to overturn the Cabinet, impeach the president or recall the president. should that be the case, Chen said, Taiwan's political stability would be at stake.

    Worse still, Chen said, the opposition-controlled legislature will continue to block the DPP administration's NT$610.8 billion arms procurement project and many other crucial reform initiatives, such as the government restructuring bill and the financial reconstruction fund bill. "All these projects have long been stalled in the legislature because of the 'pan-blue alliance's' boycott," Chen said, adding that if the opposition continues to control the legislature, Taiwan's national competitiveness will be further undermined due to this long-term war of attrition.

(By Sofia Wu)


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