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President Ma to meet Su Friday morning
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-04-24 06:40 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou will meet Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang at the Presidential Office at 10 a.m Friday to discuss the fourth nuclear plant, reports said.

As former DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung started a hunger strike against the project on April 22, Su arranged meetings with senior figures from the ruling Kuomintang, including Premier Jiang Yi-huah, Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Liluan Chu. The president was one of the few leaders not yet on the list, though Su expressed the hope of meeting him.

Friday morning’s meeting would be completely open to the media and no time would be set for it to end, though there would be no news conference afterward, reports said.

The encounter would be the first meeting between Ma and a DPP chairman since he took office in 2008, reports said. As opposition KMT leader himself, Ma met with then-President Chen Shui-bian in 2006.

Su has been promoting the need for special referendum legislation to solve the current crisis over the nuclear project nearing completion in Gongliao, New Taipei City. Under the existing Referendum Act, at least 50 percent of eligible voters need to participate in the referendum for the result to be valid. A DPP proposal presented last week does away with that requirement, and also sets clear rules for the phrasing of the question on the ballot and for the timing of the vote.

Until now, Chu has been the KMT official taking the most positive stance toward Su’s proposals, though he added he was in favor of amending the existing legislation rather than passing a new package.

Ma and Premier Jiang Yi-huah have insisted on the need to use the current Referendum Act in the case of the nuclear plant as well, leading to speculation about the chances for success of Friday’s meeting.

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