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Premier trying to keep transport minister from resigning

Premier trying to keep transport minister from resigning

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih was absent at a weekly Cabinet meeting Thursday, the day after he tendered his resignation over the failed restructuring plan for the High Speed Rail, even though his offer to step down has not been accepted by the premier. Yeh entered his office at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications Thursday morning and instructed aides to sort his personal items. Calls made to his mobile phone were reportedly directed to his secretary. Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said at a press conference following the Cabinet meeting that Premier Mao Chi-kuo is trying his best to keep Yeh in his post but the minister has not consented. He said that Mao has a high opinion of all rank and file workers who participated in building and operating the High Speed Rail, which launched in 2007, and the premier believes what is most important is that everyone works to keep trains running. Yeh announced he would resign Wednesday after his ministry's proposal for financial restructuring at financially troubled Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp., which operates the country's only bullet train, was shot down in the Legislature. Yeh assumed his post in February 2013. Tony Fan, chairman of Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp., also offered his resignation. (By Wang Shu-fen, Hsieh Chia-chen and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-19 12:38 GMT+08:00