Cabinet happy to see ex-DPP head end hunger strike: spokesman

04/30/2014 10:50 PM
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Taipei, April 30 (CNA) The Executive Yuan is pleased that former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung has ended his hunger strike, Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said Wednesday.

With Lin's protest having ended, "the ruling and opposition parties should begin to face up to their differences and solve their disputes in a peaceful and rational way," Sun said.

Lin started a hunger strike April 22 in protest against the country's fourth nuclear power plant project, which is more than 97 percent complete, and ended his protest action Wednesday.

Amid public calls for the project to be discontinued, the government decided to seal the plant's first reactor after safety inspections and stop work on the second reactor.

Sun said the government will convene a national energy conference between August and September to help ensure an adequate national power supply. He said Lin will be invited to the conference to help work out solutions to Taiwan's future energy needs.

The DPP legislative caucus also said it was gratified that Lin had decided to end his hunger strike.

It is now time to engage in bipartisan dialogue and shared responsibility, the DPP caucus said.

Although Lin ended his hunger strike Wednesday, he called for continued protests against nuclear power in Taiwan.

(By Claudia Liu, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Lilian Wu)


Related stories:●April 30: Anti-nuclear activist releases statement after ending hunger strike●April 28: Lin Yi-hsiung hospitalized during hunger strike against nuclear plant●April 27: Government halts fourth nuclear plant construction (update 2)●April 22: Ex-DPP chief begins fast to push for scrapping of nuclear plant

(Click here for stories before the debate on nuclear power was recently rekindled.)

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