Taiwan's Ma Loses the Reins

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has been pushing for a series of highly controversial reforms he doesn't want to deal with in his second term, which begins May 20. But the reforms, which include lifting of a ban on food additive-laced US beef, implementation of hefty hikes in fuel prices and power rates, as well as a proposal for a capital gains tax on stocks in such a short time, are causing a rebellion in public approval. With his approval ratings nose-diving and his own Kuomintang in open revolt, observers are advising Ma to consolidate his grip on power.

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