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Taiwan: election chaos (21 Mar 2004)


A review of the recent Taiwan Presidential Election in which incumbent Chen Shui-bian won by a narrow margin after a dramatic shooting incident. Discusses if the shooting affects the election outcome. Explores Chen's intent in holding Taiwan's first referendum on the Presidential Election day. Comments on whether the Taiwan election has a negative effect on Hong Kong's democratization and the cross-strait relationship. Looks at Chen's opponent, Lien Chan, who has rejuvenated and changed his persona to improve his chance of winning. Also mentions the pan-purple alliance's public appeal to cast invalid votes as a protest, resulting in 330,000 spoiled ballots.

Pearl Report
Publish Date: 
Sunday, March 21, 2004
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