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Chang 'determined' to resign: aide

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch is determined to resign, his aide reportedly said yesterday, shortly after Premier Jiang Yi-huah publicly disclosed that he had asked him to reconsider the decision.

Chang's aide said at around noon that the minister is “determined” to leave and “will not change his decision,” according to the United Evening News.

The premier had revealed earlier in the morning that the economics minister had called him on Friday night and they talked for half an hour over the phone. Jiang said he failed to get Chang to change his mind.

 Jiang said he still asked Chang to rethink his decision and they would talk again on Saturday night or on Sunday.

It was not clear whether the pair would talk again over the resignation after the statement by Chang's aide.

 Chang tendered his resignation in the wake of the deadly gas explosions in Kaohsiung. The opposition camp has criticized him for failing to oversee the underground gas pipelines, and the minister apparently cannot swallow what he thinks is unfair criticism.

 Chang has been taking a leave of absence since submitting his resignation, and has not made any public appearances since. His aide said the minister is currently not in Taipei.

 The premier said the economics minister is deeply disappointed with the present political situation in Taiwan where important bills have been blocked and government officials constantly humiliated.

It is a “painful” situation for those who want to do things for the country, Jiang cited Chang saying.

Jiang said he had asked Chang to tolerate the humiliation and stay put for the sake of the country. As a Cabinet minister, he should give priority to public interests, said Jiang.

 But Jiang cited Chang as saying that lawmakers and the press have been ruthless in finding faults with Cabinet members.

 Meanwhile, Vice Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun said he had no “personal intention” to succeed Chang, according to the Central News Agency.

 But Duh, who has been considered the favorite to replace Chang, said he will do his best to keep the Economics Ministry running while Chang is on leave.

 He said he did not know Chang had talked to Jiang over the phone until he read newspaper reports about the premier's remarks. Duh said he did not talk to Chang on the phone on Friday night.

 Meanwhile, Vice Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun said he had no “personal intention” to succeed Chang, according to the Central News Agency.

 But Duh, who has been considered the favorite to replace Chang, said he will do his best to keep the Economics Ministry running while Chang is on leave.

 He said he did not know Chang had talked to Jiang over the phone until he read newspaper reports about the premier's remarks. Duh said he did not talk to Chang on the phone on Friday night.

 After Chang submitted his resignation, Duh also expressed a wish to follow suit.

August 11, 2014    daverobertsmail@
Why doesn't he just commit suicide, with HONOR?
August 11, 2014    LIU_C_M@
I FELT SORRY FOR HIS RESIGNATION SINCE HE'S BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB IN HIS POST. NO ONE CAN DO ANYTHING TO HELP OUR COUNTRY MOVING FPRWARD WHEN THE OPPOSITION PARTY ONLY CARES WHAT IT CAN TAKE TO BRING THE RULING PARTY DOWN.
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