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Resignation of Taiwan's Lee Teng-hui

Aired March 24, 2000 - 0:09 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

COLLEEN MCEDWARDS, WORLD NEWS: Taiwan's president is stepping down as leader of his party. Lee Teng-hui is reacting to pressure within his own Kuomintang Party to resign as party chairman. We spoke a short time ago with CNN's Hong Kong bureau chief Mike Chinoy about this move.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

MIKE CHINOY, CNN HONG KONG BUREAU CHIEF: Well, Lee Teng-hui said that he ultimately had to take responsibility for the Kuomintang's disastrous showing in last Saturday's presidential election. Following protests in the streets and pressure from within his party, he formally stepped down as chairman of the Kuomintang on Friday.

He's being replaced by Lien Chan, the vice president who was the KMT's presidential candidate in the election. Lien is widely seen as a transitional figure.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

MCEDWARDS: CNN's Mike Chinoy. The Kuomintang has ruled Taiwan since nationalist troops fled advancing Communist forces on the Mainland more than 50 years ago.

END

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