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Taiwanese rally ahead of presidential poll

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  • Tens of thousands of Taiwanese rallied ahead of the March 22 presidential elections
  • The Taiwan-wide events meant to energize supporters in home stretch of the race
  • Chen Shui-bian of the Democratic Progressive Party will be replaced in May
  • DPP's Frank Hsieh is running against Ma Ying-jeou of the opposition Nationalists
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TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Taiwanese waved banners and shouted political slogans Sunday, as the island's rival parties rallied support ahead of the March 22 presidential elections.

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Supporters of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT) march alongside a party flag during a rally in Taipei.

The Taiwan-wide "Super Sunday" events were meant to energize supporters in the home stretch of a race that has so far lacked the passion and commitment of presidential elections in 2000 and 2004.

Chen Shui-bian will be replaced in May by either Ma Ying-jeou of the opposition Nationalists, or Frank Hsieh of Chen's Democratic Progressive Party.

In recent days, Ma and Hsieh have been jousting over who can best deal with China -- the island's biggest rival, and longtime nemesis of the independence-minded Chen.

Beijing claims self-ruled, democratic Taiwan is part of Chinese territory and should unify with the mainland. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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