Then-Premier Su Wanted Dismissal of Tsai Ing-Wen: Chen Shui-Bian

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As premier, Su Tseng-chang "more than once" requested the dismissal of then-Vice Premier Tsai Ing-wen, wrote former President Chen Shui-bian in yesterday's issue of Next Magazine ([...]).

Under the Chen administration, Su had served a brief stint as premier from January 25, 2006 to May 21, 2007.

Su's Cabinet included Tsai as vice premier, with whom he allegedly locked horns. Throughout the term, Su "more than once" expressed that he would like Tsai to be dismissed, according to Chen.

Later, local press reported a rumor that the pair weren't getting along - "that didn't happen without a reason," wrote Chen.

Chen is currently serving a reduced life sentence at Taipei Prison for graft and related corruption charges. Since June 2011, Chen has penned a column for the Chinese-language weekly Next Magazine.

'No such thing': DPP HQ

On behalf of Su, the DPP's chairman, a party spokesman refuted Chen's claim yesterday.

"There is no such thing," DPP spokesman Andrew Wang ([...]) told reporters yesterday at the party's Taipei headquarters.

Su and Tsai did not have problems working together, said Wang, who added that Su had authorized Tsai to handle "a great deal of official business. …

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