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TAIPEI, Taiwan – A Taiwan court sentenced former President Chen Shui-bian to life in prison after convicting him on graft charges Friday, a spectacular fall from grace for a man who rode to power on promises to end decades of corruption and deepen the island's de facto independence.
The conviction, which will automatically be appealed, marks a watershed in Taiwan's turbulent political history, and a crucial test for the island's still-evolving democracy.
It also sets the stage for a deepening conflict between the ruling Nationalist Party, which favors closer ties with China, and the