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Hu shuts down 'far-fetched' rumors of nomination to the Control Yuan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) yesterday brushed aside rumors claiming that President Ma Ying-jeou is planning to nominate him as head of the Control Yuan, saying that although he has heard such speculation, the idea itself is completely far-fetched.

Hu added that he doesn't have his sights set on the post.

The mayor yesterday attended a high school graduation ceremony, during which reporters jokingly asked if he planned to get his "graduation photograph" taken. Hu laughed and asked the reporters in return if they had attended the event thinking it was his "farewell party."

Hu said that he would not entertain the idea of becoming chief of the Control Yuan, and that it would be inappropriate of him to abandon his duties as mayor.

The mayor added that he wouldn't dare compare himself to the current Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien (王建煊) in terms of suitability for the position.

When asked how he would respond if Ma did nominate him for the post, Hu said that he would prefer not to answer hypothetical questions.

The mayor stressed that he still has one more year in office, and said that he wouldn't leave his current office as mayor.

When speaking to the graduates, Hu said lightheartedly that he felt somewhat of a graduate himself due to the rumors being circulated by the media.

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