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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Taiwan Crisis Deepen

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's ruling party on Tuesday narrowly survived a no-confidence motion brought by opposition legislators capitalizing on a public outcry over rising crime.

The 78-76 vote, with one abstention, underscored the ruling Nationalists' shrinking power base as they contend with a public perception that they have failed to root out corruption and guarantee law and order.

Public outrage was set off by the kidnap-murder of a popular singer-actress' daughter.

As lawmakers were voting in the legislature, the opposition in the National Assembly managed to prevent President Lee Teng-hui from delivering a televised address, demanding that he first apologize to the public for his government's shortcomings.