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Tuesday, August 9

Ministry denies meddling in St Lucian elections

Taipei Times: "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday denied a media report alleging Taiwan was meddling in general elections in diplomatic ally St Lucia by offering “an unprecedented huge level of political funding” for its ruling United Workers Party (UWP).
“What was said in the report was not true,” ministry spokesman James Chang (章計平) said. “The government provided aid for the St Lucia government to implement projects that benefit its people, not to interfere in its election.”
In an analysis published in the Trinidad Express on July 20, the newspaper said Taiwan had offered US$3.8 million a year for expenditures in 11 constituencies won by UWP lawmakers in the December 2006 general elections when the party defeated the then-governing St Lucia Labour Party of then-St Lucian prime minister Kenny Anthony."