Deputy chief of Mainland Affairs Council resigns

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) The deputy chief of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council said Friday he resigned to make room for new blood. Liu Te-shun, who is also the spokesman of the council, disputed reports that his resignation is a sign of an imminent Cabinet reshuffle. It was reported that Wang Yu-chi, the head of the council, had gone extra miles to try to retain Liu, but could not dissuade him from leaving. The Office of the President approved, in a decree Friday, the resignation of Liu as well as Minister without Portfolio James Cherng-Tay Hsueh. As a career civil servant, Liu was transferred from the Executive Yuan to the council in 1993 to lead its department of legal and political affairs, and was promoted from that post to his current position in 2002. (By Scarlette Chai and Maubo Chang)