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June 23, 2021

First vote held in September 2009

Taiwan leader ratifies opposition to Penghu casino project ahead of key referendum

Taiwan leader ratifies opposition to Penghu casino project ahead of key referendum
President Tsai Ing-wen, who is also chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), reiterated the party's opposition to the opening of casinos in Penghu County, with the outlying island set to vote on Oct. 15 on whether to permit casino development
Taiwan | 10/13/2016

President Tsai Ing-wen, who is also chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), reiterated the party's opposition to the opening of casinos in Penghu County, with the outlying island set to vote on Oct. 15 on whether to permit casino development.

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he party's position on the matter has not changed, Tsai said at a DPP Central Standing Committee meeting, adding that Penghu should focus on developing tourism rather than rely on gambling for local development, according to DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng.

This will be the second time Penghu residents have voted on the casino issue. The county held its first referendum on gaming in September 2009, after the government lifted a ban on gambling on the islands of Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu.

However, a total of 17,369 votes or about 56.44 percent of total valid ballots were cast against a plan to build a casino in Penghu.

Noting that the DPP now controls central and local governments, Tsai said during the meeting that the DPP administration would demonstrate its resolve and ability to promote economic development in Penghu

She emphasized that gaming is not the only way to boost local development, particularly given the county's abundant natural resources which make it a prime location for tourism development, according to Wang.

At the meeting, Tsai noted that the DPP's position on the legalization of gambling in Penghu remains the same as it was in opposition, according to Cabinet Spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung.

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