Taiwan minister was 'forced' to quit his position

Taiwan minister was 'forced' to quit his position

TAIPEI - Former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Principal Deputy Minister Chang Hsieh-yao (張顯耀) said yesterday that he had in fact been "forced" to step down, just one day after the Executive Yuan announced his resignation due to "family reasons."

Issuing a public statement late last night, Chang announced out of the blue that he had been notified by his "superiors" to step down from his position as deputy minister last Thursday. "I have been loyal to my job and fulfilling my duties during my time in position; as an official appointed by the President, I have done my best when my country needed me ... when my superiors do not need me, I accept it with grace."

The sudden statement was seen by many as a slap in the face for the Cabinet and the MAC, as Chang announced that he was in fact forced from his position.

Chang's sudden resignation sparked public surprise and guesses as he doubles as the vice chairman and secretary-general of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF). He was generally regarded as a government favourite.

An unnamed legislator who is allegedly close to Chang stated that the latter was forced to quit as he did not get along with MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦), other sources, however, pointed out that Chang was prodded from his position due to his indiscreet speech during the recent visit of Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍).

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