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China Times: Don't worry about temporary disrepute
Central News Agency
2014-05-10 06:32 PM
President Ma Ying-jeou has had a very hard time recently. With his popularity having plunged to a record low, protests against his policies are coming one after another. In fact, the presidents of most democracies enter a difficult period toward the end of their time in office. Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, for example, became highly unpopular by the end of his presidency due to his decision to resume U.S. beef imports. Incumbent President Park Geun-hye is facing a leadership crisis in the wake of a ferry accident that killed hundreds of people. In the United States, Ronald Reagan was facing a similar problem over arms sales to Iran, while Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives over a sex scandal. But both of them made it through the hard times, and their reputations improved dramatically after they left the White House. We have cited these examples to remind Ma that it has almost become the norm for popularly elected heads of state worldwide to face endless castigation by the media and opposition parties, no matter how good their images once were. Ma should not worry too much about such temporary disrepute and should set his eyes on the country's future and persist in the right direction. Over the past six years, Ma has successfully improved Taiwan's relations with China and created peace across the Taiwan Strait. Such efforts should not stop just because of the obstruction of opposition parties. Also, we want to advise Ma to pay more attention to dialogue and to arguing the government's policies in a way that will give popular opinion a reason to back the president. (Editorial abstract -- May 10, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)
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