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Former labor minister speaks out over his controversial resignation

Former Labor Minister Pan Shih-wei (潘世偉) spoke out yesterday, ranting on his social media page that his resignation was not voluntary, nor was it the result of an alleged extramarital affair.

Pan, whose departure was reportedly willing and conveyed verbally, ended his short 158-day term as the first minister of the Ministry of Labor (MOL) when his resignation was approved by Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) the day before. Pan's withdrawal from public office was initially suspected to have been caused by an alleged extramarital affair that had been recorded on video and in photos by local tabloids.

However, Pan came forward yesterday on Facebook to say in response to media reports that Jiang had green-lit his departure without having met the former minister. He said the reports were untrue and that he had in fact met with the premier who had encouraged him to reconsider and that neither one of the parties would publicize Pan's wish to resign.

Following his meeting with Jiang, he left the premise and was surprised by Cabinet spokesman Sun Li-chyun's (孫立群) announcement of his verbal resignation shortly after.

The former minister also stated that political cronyism observed within government sectors is terrifying, and that the true reason for his resignation is that he was in the way of people's interests and benefits.

In a later social media update, Pan hinted that now that he is no longer a civil servant, he is free to disclose whatever he wants, and that there is much for him to say on the matter regarding his resignation.

In a statement to conclude his updates, Pan said that he is ironically a political science major, who is to this day naïve about politics.

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