(From AFP)

Dozens of lawsuits brought against former Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou reopened Saturday as his presidential immunity lapsed after its new leader took office.

 Ma Ying-jeou
Ma Ying-jeou

Ma left the presidential office Friday as Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took the reins as the island’s first female leader, after winning a landslide victory in January.

Ma came to power in 2008 partly due to his “Mr Clean” image, favored by a public fed up with the scandals of former DPP leader Chen Shui-bian, who was jailed for corruption.

However, Ma now faces his own court battles as political rivals hurl suits at him on a range of allegations, including leaking political secrets and failing to declare assets. Read More

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