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President to discuss LY occupation
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-03-20 09:03 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou will discuss the occupation of the Legislative Yuan with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, Vice President Wu Den-yih and Premier Jiang Yi-huah Friday morning, just hours before the students’ ultimatum runs out, the Presidential Office announced Thursday evening.

The leaders would discuss how to restore the normal operation of the Legislature and how to maintain order at the assembly, presidential spokeswoman Garfie Lee said.

The students want to maintain their occupation for 63 hours until noon Friday, but are planning to extend it if Ma fails to apologize and the trade-in-services pact with China is not sent back for a thorough review. In addition, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party is mobilizing members of the public and members to appear outside the Legislature to express their support for the students.

Ma appreciated their enthusiasm and contributions to public affairs and understood where they came from, Lee reportedly said. The president also praised the rule of law as the basic stance of the government, while emphasizing Taiwan’s position as a role model for democratic development in Asia.

The current impasse started when lawmakers from Ma’s Kuomintang prematurely ended the review of the trade pact with China last Monday. Protesters entered the Legislative Yuan Tuesday night and received the support from hundreds of students as well as politicians, professors, entertainers and members of the public. Students from across Taiwan were reportedly chartering buses to move up to Taipei to join the action.

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