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President tries to visit hunger-striking ex-DPP chief
Central News Agency
2014-04-23 10:42 AM
Taipei, April 23 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday visited the church where ex-Democratic Progressive Party chief Lin Yi-hsiung is staging a hunger strike to protest the fourth nuclear power plant, but he was unable to see the former party leader.

Because Lin is refusing to see any visitors during his self-described "fast," Ma signed his name in a book of well-wishers and left a greeting card for Lin with a priest at the church.

In his card, the president pledged that a referendum will be held to decide the plant's future once strict safety tests on the plant have been completed. A longtime opponent of nuclear power, Lin is demanding that work on the nearly completed nuclear power plant be halted and that the project be scrapped, arguing that the facility will never be safe. The Ma government has shown no signs of giving in to Lin's demand.

About 19 percent of Taiwan's electricity is generated by three active nuclear power plants, while most of the rest is generated by imported fossil fuels. (By Maubo Chang)

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