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Ma, Su to meet, talk about Nuke 4 today

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou will meet Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) this morning to talk about the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, the Presidential Office said yesterday.

Following his meetings with Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) and Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺), Su on Monday expressed his willingness to talk to Ma over the controversial power plant, hoping to jointly find a solution to the long-stalled issue.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast; however, a press conference will not be held afterward, the Presidential Office said.

The president yesterday instructed Presidential Office Secretary-General Timothy Yang (楊進添) to officially invite Su to a meeting in order to discuss the issue, Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li (李佳霏) said.

This will be the first time for Ma to meet an opposition leader at the Presidential Office.

KMT Caucus Meeting

The Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday held a caucus meeting to find a consensus on the controversial power plant issue. Both the premier and Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch (張家祝) attended the meeting.

The KMT caucus reached two points of consensus, namely that the issue of whether or not the power plant should be activated is to be decided by a national referendum, and that the DPP's draft bill concerning the proposed referendum should be deliberated article-by-article by the Legislature.

The KMT caucus echoed Jiang's remark, saying that no fuel rods are to be installed before a series of safety assessments are completed and that a national referendum should be held before there is further discussion on fuel rod installments.

Referring to its second resolution, the KMT caucus said that all ruling party lawmakers will be mobilized to attend the Yuan Sitting today in order to block the DPP's draft bill from automatically passing the second reading.

The bill should be thoroughly deliberated during committee sessions, the caucus said.

Demonstrations to Support Lin

The DPP caucus yesterday called on the public to light up candles or turn on the flashlights on their phones in front of the Presidential Office building and Xinyi Road, where former DPP chairman Lin Yi-hsiung's (林義雄) hunger strike is taking place, to show support for Lin.

Demonstrators arrived at Ketagalan Boulevard yesterday evening and arranged numerous candles in the shape of the Chinese character for "life" (命) in order to symbolize their determination to protect Lin's life.

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