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Taiwan President Pressured to Resign

She was key to her husband’s rise in Taiwan’s politics. Now she may be the cause of his downfall. President Chen Shui-bian faces mounting pressure to resign after his wife was indicted on corruption charges Friday. First lady Wu Shu-chen is accused of dipping into a special fund for diplomacy, and prosecutors say Chen could also be implicated, though he cannot be indicted as a sitting president. Wu and Chen, who have been married since 1975, campaigned together in the 1980s during the final years of Taiwan’s brutal martial law era. Chen had left his comfortable career as a maritime lawyer to enter Taiwan’s knuckle-busting political world, initially defending pro-democracy dissidents. Full Story

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