September 1, 1995 |
President Lee Teng-hui on Thursday won an overwhelming vote to become the ruling Nationalist Party's nominee next year in Taiwan's first direct presidential elections. Lee won 91% of the votes cast by 1,795 Nationalist Party delegates, easing earlier fears that his candidacy might expose deep divisions within his party. He ran uncontested after another candidate, Nationalist Party Vice Chairman Lin Yang-kang, said he will run outside the party's auspices.
May 18, 1989 |
Premier Yu Kuo-hua announced his resignation Wednesday in a move that analysts said was a victory for Taiwan's young reformers against the ruling Nationalist Party's most powerful conservative. Yu, 75, said on state television that he offered his resignation to President Lee Teng-hui, but there was no official word on whether it was accepted. Yu said he resigned to ensure party unity, to allow a younger generation to take over and because he is confident that Lee, who took office last year after the death of former President Chiang Ching-kuo, had consolidated his power and that Taiwan politics are stable.
April 23, 1988 |
The Nationalist government Friday released about 6,000 prisoners, including 19 political detainees, in a mass amnesty marking the 100th day since President Chiang Ching-kuo's death. Huang Shih-min, a Justice Ministry official, said about 16,000 other prisoners, including 11 charged with sedition, had their sentences reduced. They remained behind bars pending completion of the shortened jail terms.
December 17, 1990 |
Chang Chun, a former premier of Nationalist China and presidential adviser who helped influence Taiwan's foreign policy for decades, has died of heart and kidney failure, a hospital reported. He was 101. Chang, who died Friday, entered the Veterans General Hospital on Monday for treatment of heart and kidney ailments that were complicated by flu, a hospital spokesman said.
October 15, 1986 |
The government announced today that it will lift martial law for the first time since Chiang Kai-shek's forces retreated to Taiwan from mainland China in 1949, replacing it with less restrictive security rules. A statement from the ruling Kuomintang, or Nationalist Party, said its 31-member Central Standing Committee approved the new regulations at its regular weekly meeting. It did not say when martial law will be lifted, explaining that time is needed "to legislate and review the regulations."
August 25, 1996 |
Showcasing its authoritarian past and more democratic present, Taiwan this month opened the once-tightly guarded estate of Gen. Chiang Kai-shek to the public for the first time. Tourists in Taipei strolled through the 10 acres of Chinese- and Western-style gardens, wooden houses and tea pavilions where the Nationalist leader lived for decades with his wife, Madame Chiang. Visitors lounged on the grass under tall palm trees and toured the guest house where Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon stayed.
July 23, 1988 |
Li Tse-mao, a straw farmer's hat shading his head, thrust his fist into the air and joined about 300 demonstrators shouting slogans on a busy street corner in downtown Taipei. "Down with the Nationalist Party!" the protesters demanded. "Down with (Taipei Police Chief) Liao Chao-hsiang!" Despite the protesters' anger, aimed at alleged police brutality during an earlier demonstration, Li acknowledged that over the past year a new openness has come to Taiwan's political life.
January 14, 1988 |
Taiwan's President Chiang Ching-kuo, who ruled during a turbulent period in which the island suffered increasing diplomatic isolation but also emerged as one of Asia's leading economic powers, died Wednesday in Taipei of a heart attack. He was 77. The death of Chiang, son of the late Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, brought an end to a family dynasty that had dominated the political life of Nationalist China since the 1920s.
July 9, 1988 |
President Lee Teng-hui was elected chairman of the ruling Nationalist Party on Friday, marking the ascendancy of reform-minded technocrats and the close of an era in which the family of Chiang Kai-shek dominated Taiwan's politics.