TAIPEI - President Chen
Shui-bian was shot and wounded Friday while campaigning
in southern Taiwan for Saturday's controversial
election, the president's office said. He sustained a
serious stomach wound but was not critically injured,
according to a lawmaker traveling with him. Chen is
believed to have been wearing a bullet-proof vest,
protecting him from more serious injury.
President Annette Lu sustained a foot injury, the office
said. Chen, 53, was rushed to the hospital, but he was
reportedly conscious and urged calm.
presidential election and a referendum on national
security will be held as planned on Saturday, the
presidential spokesman said.
were confused and indicated that Chen might have been
injured by a firecracker as he traveled in an open car
in a motorcade during a campaign trip to the southern
town of Tainan. CTI cable news quoted unidentified
police officials as saying Chen was injured by fireworks
that often are ignited in campaigns and set off as the
official motorcade passed.
Wang Hsin-nan, a
lawmaker from Chen's Democratic Progressive Party,
however, told television channel TVBS that he saw the
wound and it was deep, extending 30 centimeters across
his stomach. He was certain the president had suffered a
The NT$ fell 1.5 percent on
first reports of the shooting, but recovered some ground
after officials said he was not critically injured. Hong
Kong stocks dropped by as much as 1.1 percent.
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