On Taipei hall, the generalissimo makes way for democracy

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TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a motion to rename a memorial hall originally built to commemorate the late Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, in yet another move to erase the legacy of the late generalissimo.

''With the approval, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall will be renamed as Taiwan Democracy Hall,'' said Cabinet spokeswoman Chen Mei-ling in a news conference...

The latest move was another step in a sustained campaign by the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government to eradicate the legacy of the late Nationalist leader.

Chiang, who once ruled China, brought the Nationalist troops to Taiwan after being defeated by the Chinese Communists at the end of a civil war in 1949. He set up an interim government on the island in 1949 and died in 1975. [Madame Chiang died in 2003, age about 105.] He was succeeded by his son Chiang Ching-kuo, who died in 1988.

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