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President Is Elected Head of Ruling Party

April 21, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

President Chen Shui-bian won his bid to become leader of Taiwan's ruling party, reneging on a key campaign promise to distance himself from the party and be a "president for all the people."

Democratic Progressive Party members in Taipei, the capital, voted unanimously to amend the party charter to specify that whenever Taiwan's president is a DPP member, he will also head the party.

Chen's successful effort to take the helm of the party appeared to signal the end of his attempts to create a coalition government and stay above partisan politics. Chen had promised to maintain a clear line between party and state.

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