Taiwan's Lee Teng-hui stands to gain by playing peacemaker Taiwan's former president Lee Teng-hui, who spoke for the first time over the weekend on the campaign to pressure his successor Chen Shui-bian to step down, could reap considerable political capital from the political turmoil. Mr Lee, who still holds a fair amount of sway over Taiwan's politics, criticised the anti- and pro-Mr Chen camps, calling on them to work out disputes under the framework of the democratic system and the rule of law. He made the remarks when he spoke at a forum on 'safeguarding the sovereignty of Taiwan and its democratic system' sponsored by the alumni association of Mr Lee's academy in Taipei, local television stations reported. The around-the-clock street protests have set 'a bad example', he said, as they 'violated the principles of mutual respect and tolerance in a democratic system' by threatening that their rallies will not end until the president is driven out of office. 'This is not the democratic way,' Mr Lee was quoted as saying by the Liberty Times newspaper, adding that it conflicted with the protests' proclaimed aim of building a more democratic system on the island. 'Everyone should work within the framework of a democratic system ... not doing so will only hurt Taiwan.' Mr Lee also broke his silence on Mr Chen's political troubles for the first time, criticising the administration's failure to take effective measures to solve the chaotic situation that started two weeks ago. 'We understand that [the reason] many Taiwanese people oppose President Chen is that they simply hope for cleaner politics,' he was quoted as saying. 'The government should be more responsive to people's demands instead of inciting a rival rally.' By assuming a peace broker role between the ruling and opposition parties, and appealing to the people's need for a respite from the turmoil, Mr Lee is trying to restore his past political glory, the Taipei-based China Post reported. Mr Lee also weighed in on possible solutions by recommending the legislative Yuan's Speaker Wang Jin-pyng hold a bipartisan meeting to discuss possible solutions. Mr Wang was a better candidate than Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou, who reportedly has invited bipartisan leaders for an emergency summit over the situation, the newspaper said. Mr Lee is also seeking to work with a group of political heavyweights in a bid to sort out the standoff, Yazhou Zhoukan reported. Those heavyweights included former Kuomintang chairman Lien Chan, People First Party chairman James Soong Chu-yu, Academia Sinica president Lee Yuan-tseh and Mr Wang.