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Constitutional Court requested to rule on Nuke 4

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday launched a project to write to Taiwan's justices for a constitutional interpretation regarding the operation of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

Hsieh believes that the operation of the plant has violated the constitution.

Along with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yao Wen-chih (姚文智) and Taiwan Solidarity Union caucus whip Lai Cheng-chung (賴振昌), Hsieh held a press conference at the Legislative Yuan, calling upon all Constitutional Court justices to elaborate on controversial Nuke 4 operation issues as soon as possible.

According to Hsieh, the Nuke 4 disputes have been heating up as both ruling and opposition parties continue to claim their own interpretations of President Ma Ying-jeou's recent announcement to halt the plant's construction. “Does halting the construction mean that the plant will be terminated? Or does it simply mean that the construction will carry on in the future?” Hsieh asked.

The DPP proposed a constitutional interpretation four months ago, said Hsieh. The justices should attend to the proposal soon as the people continue to distrust each other and the government. “They should explain if the plant's operation violates the Additional Articles of the Constitution of the Republic of China, which defends the people's rights to live, to own property, etc.,” said Hsieh.

National Taiwan University professor of computer science Kao Cheng-yan also held a press conference yesterday regarding the Nuke 4 controversies. Kao and a team of supporters filed a plea to the Legislature, hoping for it to pass a draft act promoting a nuclear-free homeland or an amendment draft of the act regulating the nuclear reactors soon.

A referendum that poses the question “Do you agree that the New Taipei branch of Taipower Company should conduct a trial operation of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant?” may be held at the same time as the upcoming seven-in-one elections at the end of the year, said Kao, who pointed out that there is no reason for the Executive Yuan's referendum committee to reject the proposal.

If the committee insists on going against the people's will, Kao declared that he would be gathering people to surround the committee's headquarters even if it meant jail time for him.

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