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Cabinet rejects rumors about NSC head

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- “I've never heard about it,” Executive Yuan spokeswoman Cheng Li-wun (鄭麗文) said, referring to a local media report claiming that National Science Council (NSC) Minister Cyrus Chu (朱敬一) tendered his resignation at the end of December.

Stormmedia, a newly established domestic online media outlet, yesterday published an article saying that as the NSC will soon be converted into the new Ministry of Science and Technology in March, both Chu and Minister without Portfolio Simon Chang (張善政) would be likely hopefuls for the new ministry position, but Chu submitted his resignation to the Cabinet last year.

The report noted that Chu served as the minister of the NSC for over three years, and he accomplished several major projects including the establishment of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and thus Chu decided it was time to leave the Cabinet.

The Cabinet yesterday held a traditional meet and greet event on the first day of work after Chinese New Year at the Executive Yuan's auditorium, and Chu's absence sparked media speculation about his resignation.

In response, Cheng said that as far as she knows, Chu took a day off, and she has not heard of Chu tendering his resignation. Chu will possibly attend today's weekly meeting, she added.

Chang, on the other hand, told local reporters at the auditorium that he is “happily” doing his current job as a minister without portfolio, and he has not thought about other possibilities.

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Minister without Portfolio Simon Chang (張善政) speaks to local reporters at the Executive Yuan's auditorium yesterday. Chang is seen as one of the hopefuls to head the new Ministry of Science and Technology in March. (CNA)

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