Lee again

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The Independent Online
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President Lee Teng-hui of Taiwan, fending off a challenge from dissidents in his ruling Nationalist Party, won another four-year term as party chairman, Reuter reports from Taipei. In the first election by secret ballot for the post in the Nationalists' 99-year history, Mr Lee gained the votes of 1,686 delegates at the party congress. But in a sign of unprecedented dissent among the Nationalists, 357 spoilt ballots were cast. Anti-Lee delegates accused him of delaying internal party reforms and failing to halt corruption.