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President accepts NSB director-general's resignation

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday accepted National Security Bureau (NSB, 國安局) Director-General Tsai Der-sheng's (蔡得勝) resignation, according to the National Security Council (NSC).

Tsai resigned over health issues.

The position will be filled by Deputy Minister of National Defense Lee Hsiang-chou (李翔宙), said the NSC.

Ministry of Justice (MIJB) Director-General Wang Fu-lin (王福林) and National Immigration Agency Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) have also been appointed as members of the council.

Tsai has been troubled by eye problems for a long time and had tendered his resignation to NSC Secretary General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) last weekend. Despite Ma and King's urgings for him to stay, Tsai stood his ground, saying that his ophthalmologist had suggested that he retire and have his eyes treated properly. Ma later consented on the condition that Tsai provide assistance as an advisor to the Presidential Office.

Former Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) was also recruited as a Presidential Office advisor. Tsai and Kao's term in office will begin from the day of the announcement until Dec. 31, 2014.

Tsai, 65, served as NSB head since May 2009.

The Presidential Office had refuted reports of Tsai's alleged resignation — also due to health reasons — less than two months ago, when the Sunflower Student Movement was still ongoing. It was reported in March that National Defense University President Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) was among the top candidates to take over the NSB chief's post.

According to the NSC, Lee has served as a general and as vice chief of the General Staff of the R.O.C. Army, adding that he will fit into his new position well due to his experience.

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