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Taiwan's President Chen Shui-Bian won second term
AFAR
3/20/2004



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Taipei--After a close-fought election, Taiwan's President Chen Shui-Bian won another 4-year term over his opponent from the Nationalist Party. President Chen reportedly regained power by only 30,000 more votes than his counterpart. This emotional election was highlighted by an assassination attempt upon President Chen and his Vice President Annette Lu one day prior to the election day. Nationalist presidential candidate Lien Chan opposed Chen's referendum for sovereignty of Taiwan, fearing it to be confrontational against Mainland China. Beijing also hopes that Chen loses this election so that Taiwan would not move toward independence. Sources say that many China watchers suspected this assassination attempt could be plotted by agents from Mainland China.

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