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Taiwan Culture Minister tenders resignation

Taiwan Culture Minister tenders resignation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Council for Cultural Affairs Minister Huang Pi-twan tendered her resignation, but Premier Wu Den-yih asked her to stay on, the Executive Yuan said Wednesday.
Wu asked her to take a couple of days leave and rethink her offer, Cabinet spokesman Su Jun-pin said.
Huang reportedly sent a text message to friends comparing her fate to a slave being thrown to the lions during the Roman Empire. No matter how much effort she gave, lawmakers would always criticize her, she reportedly said. After the text message was made public by lawmakers, she apparently decided to offer her resignation.
Wu praised Huang for her achievements in protecting cultural heritage, promoting cultural events and planning new sites, Su said.
She was scheduled to appear at the Legislative Yuan for a review of her department’s 2010 budget by lawmakers Wednesday, but she asked for leave. Her absence and the news of her resignation led to opposition lawmakers refusing to discuss the budget.
DPP legislator Lin Shu-fen said Huang leaving her post half way through the budget review was irresponsible, so lawmakers should stop its discussions. The culture minister found her work difficult because she had met with rejection from the cultural world, Lin said.
In a letter to CCA staff, Huang said she was taking a few days off while waiting for her resignation to be approved. She said she had completed her tasks and wanted to retire.
Huang had found it difficult to adapt to her role as government minister, Su said, and had phoned the premier on Tuesday to tender her resignation.
She became the first Cabinet member to officially resign since Premier Wu Den-yih took office last month. Media reports said Department of Health Minister Yaung Chih-liang offered his resignation Wednesday morning over the uproar against the import of U.S. beef, but was convinced by Wu to stay on.