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THSR Chairman Ou's sudden resignation shocks lawmakers

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan High Speed Rail Chairman Ou Chin-der's (歐晉德) sudden resignation has triggered disputes from lawmakers of the ruling and the opposition parties and shocked many government officials.

Ou tendered his resignation late on Wednesday night, saying he takes responsibility for glitches in Taiwan High Speed Rail's (THSR) train service and unwelcome ticket price hikes.

Despite the fact that Ou was scheduled to report to lawmakers at the Legislative Yuan yesterday regarding THSR operations and ticket prices, THSR (台灣高鐵) spokesman Ted Chia said on Tuesday night that Ou would not attend the Yuan session.

Chia said the THSR already confirmed that Ou was no longer the chairman of the firm, so he would not show up at the Yuan session.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) said that even though Ou tendered his resignation on Wednesday night, he is still the CEO of the THSR, and it is unacceptable that he refused to show up at the Yuan meeting that was already on schedule.

Many lawmakers also asked Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) to explain the details of Ou's resignation, and demanded Ou to show up.

Chia, who represented Ou to attend the Yuan session, said that Ou will soon leave the THSR CEO position, and he currently holds the CEO position in order to maintain the regular operations of the THSR.

According to Chia, the THSR will hold a board meeting next week and a new chairman will be elected before a new CEO is assigned.

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Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時), center, is interviewed by reporters in the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, yesterday. (CNA)

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