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Taiwan to halt construction of fourth nuclear power plant: official

Published on Apr 27, 2014 11:41 PM
Anti-protesters display a banner near the Presidential Palace during an anti-nuclear demonstration on April 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (REUTERS) - The Taiwan government will halt construction at the island's fourth nuclear power plant, an official said on Sunday, as local opposition to atomic energy continues to mount.

President Ma Ying-jeou met with lawmakers from his Kuomintang Party (KMT) and reached a decision to seal off the plant's first reactor after the completion of safety checks, KMT spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi told reporters.

Construction of the second reactor will be halted immediately, the spokesman added.

The move is the latest sign of pressure on Mr Ma's administration from opposition parties and anti-nuclear activists, who are concerned about the safety of such facilities in earthquake-prone regions of Taiwan following the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan.

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