Taiwan president fined for Facebook campaigning

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 8:06 EDT
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Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, who was re-elected in January this year  (AFP)
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Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has been fined Tw$500,000 ($17,000) by electoral authorities for urging his Facebook followers on polling day to vote for him, the Central Election Commission has said., the Central Election Commission has said.

Taiwanese election law forbids any form of campaigning on voting day.

Elected in 2008, Ma won a comfortable re-election victory on January 14. He is due to be inaugurated for his second and final four-year term on Sunday.

However, his government has recently come under fire over a string of controversial policies, which saw his popularity plunge to 19.5 percent, its lowest level in nearly three years, according to a poll released last week.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei on May 1st to voice their anger at the government, while the opposition party has vowed to stage a mass rally on the eve of his inauguration.

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