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Taiwan nixes political party named after Asian-American basketballer Jeremy Lin

Published on Nov 26, 2012 1:53 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwanese authorities have rejected an application to set up a new political party named after Asian-American basketball hero Jeremy Lin, officials said on Monday.

The "Jeremy Lin Party", jointly endorsed by 30 people as required by Taiwan law, was turned down by the interior ministry's Department of Civil Affairs.

"According to the law, no political party is allowed to use an individual's name as it may mislead the public," Mr Lin Ching-chi, deputy chief of the department, told AFP.

Officials said the party had mainly aimed to pursue the goal of free health care for everyone on the island.

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