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Ex-President Lee Teng-hui calls for second 'democracy reform'

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) called for a second “democracy reform” regarding Taiwan's current attitude toward public issues.

Lee made the remarks in an event held by the Happy Home Alliance in Taiwan, where he also stated that the main issue for the Taiwanese people is the tendency to refuse and overrule most things. “No, no, no; everything (is met with a) no,” said Lee.

The former president stated that he was an advocate for the people to pursue new things and to rid themselves of what is “painful.”

“The Sunflower Movement is something that denied the past and chose a new direction ... the movement is a great thing; two people using their cellphones to motivate 500,000 people. I hope the government's leading officials are able to understand and accept the younger generation's opposing opinions,” said Lee.

In regard to the nuclear power disputes that heated up once more, Lee suggested that the government clear away people's doubts about nuclear power, also bringing up the hunger strike of anti-nuclear advocate Lin Yi-hsiung (林義雄).

“When Lin decided to go on a hunger strike, I asked if anyone supported his choice and if there was any other option. There were no answers. The most crucial thing is for Taiwan to come up with a perfect means of generating power to support the country's development, or else, how would Taiwan live?” said Lin.

Before the government holds a meeting on power usage, Lee said he is willing to sponsor a citizen's version and invite experts throughout Taiwan to discuss the power development in different countries.

“The Sunflower Movement gave me the feeling that many problems are still unsolved in Taiwan; I am pushing for a second democracy reform for democracy to be truly practiced (in the nation), and to boost the people's citizen awareness,” said Lee.

Lee added that he would be elaborating on his plans for the reform soon.

The former president has been openly supportive of the student movement that occurred in March, often calling for government officials to respond directly to the student-led activists' demands. “The government should listen and review their wrongs,” was a frequent piece of advice from Lee.

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