Taiwan ruling party debates new constitution James M Yoch Jr at 11:25 AM ET
[JURIST] The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) [official website], Taiwan's ruling political party, has opened debate on the drafting of a new constitution, a move promised [JURIST report] by President Chen Shui-bian [official profile] earlier this year. The current constitution [text], drafted by the Kuomintang party of China in 1947, has been amended seven times and was written 2 years before Taiwan split from China in 1949 after the Communist takeover of the mainland. Chen has said that he wants the new constitution to better reflect the current state of Taiwan.
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