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Former Taiwan president attempts suicide

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 4 (UPI) -- Jailed former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian is recovering after prison guards foiled his attempt to hang himself.

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Hospital: Leader's tremors not Parkinson's

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Parkinson's disease is not the cause of hand tremors experienced by the imprisoned former president of Taiwan, the hospital treating him said Thursday.

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Former leader denied medical parole

Former leader denied medical parole

TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 21 (UPI) -- Former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian doesn't need a medical parole to have his health problems treated, judicial officials in Taiwan said Wednesday.

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Former Taiwanese president indicted

TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 1 (UPI) -- Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, 88, the island's first democratically elected leader, was indicted on embezzlement charges, prosecutors said.
Ex-Taiwan president's sentence reduced

Ex-Taiwan president's sentence reduced

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 11 (UPI) -- A Taiwanese high court Friday reduced the life sentences of former President Chen Shui-bian and his wife -- both convicted of corruption -- to 20 years.

Former president goes down for life

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The courts have moved to sequester properties and bank accounts of Taiwan's former president and first lady after they were sentenced to life for corruption.

Taiwan general given 10 years for bribery

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- In one of Taiwan's worst military scandals a court has sentenced a retired general to 10 years in a construction procurement and attempted bribery case.

Taiwan's ex-first lady sentenced for lying

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Taiwan's former first lady was sentenced to a year in prison for lying to prosecutors in her husband's corruption case, court officials in Taipei said.
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Chen Shui-bian
TAI2000032001 - 17 MARCH 2000 - TAIPE, TAIWAN: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Chen Shui-bian speaks to his supporters during the final campaign at the Taipe football stadium, March 17. This year's Taiwan presidential election is under heavy scrutiny by the Chinese government who has warned the future leader of Taiwan not to seek independence or China will be forced to take military actions. jr/ss/Sinartus Sosrodjojo UPI

Chen Shui-bian (traditional Chinese: 陳水扁; simplified Chinese: 陈水扁; pinyin: Chén Shuǐbiǎn; Taiwanese: Tân Chúi-píⁿ; born October 12, 1950) is a former Taiwanese politician who was the 10th and 11th-term President of the Republic of China from 2000 to 2008. Chen, whose Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has traditionally been supportive of Taiwan independence, ended more than fifty years of Kuomintang (KMT) rule in Taiwan. He is colloquially referred to as A-Bian (阿扁; Ābiǎn; Taiwanese: 阿扁仔 A-píⁿ-à).

Chen entered politics in 1980 as a lawyer during the Kaohsiung Incident, Chen entered politics as a member of the Tangwai movement and was elected to the Taipei City Council in 1981. Chen was jailed in 1985 for libel as the editor of the weekly pro-democracy magazine Neo-Formosa, following publication of an article critical of Elmer Feng, a college philosophy professor who was later elected a Kuomintang legislator. After being released, Chen helped found the DPP in 1986 and was elected a member of the Legislative Yuan in 1989, and Mayor of Taipei in 1994.

Chen won the 2000 presidential election on March 18 with 39% of the vote as a result of a split of factions within the Kuomintang, when James Soong ran for the presidency as an independent against the party nominee Lien Chan, becoming the only non-member of the Kuomintang to hold the office of president. Although Chen received high approval ratings during the first few weeks of his term, his popularity sharply dropped due to alleged corruption within the Chen administration and the inability to pass legislation against the opposition KMT, who controlled the Legislative Yuan. In 2004, he won reelection by a narrow margin after surviving a shooting while campaigning the day before the election. The incident was widely suspected as politically staged, and investigations into the incident was inconclusive.

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