The Taiwanese cabinet has decided not to hold a referendum on the fate of a controversial nuclear power project. "We decided against the referendum because the sense of political uncertainty was beyond our control," said Chiou I-jen, secretary-general of the cabinet. In March 2001, after a three-month political stand-off, the administration had bowed to pressure from the opposition and resumed the project, promising that it would hold a referendum later (see Down To Earth , Vol 9, No 19, February 28, p12).
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