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TSU chief to resign today, says official
Taiwan Solidarity Union Chairman Su Chin-chiang has decided to tender a written resignation today after the TSU suffered a crushing defeat in the December 9 municipal elections in Taipei and Kaohsiung, TSU Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia said yesterday.
Lin said the party's central executive committee will make a decision on Su's resignation after it holds a meeting today.
Su offered to resign on December 11 to take political responsibility for the TSU's humiliating defeat in the elections.
According to TSU sources, most of the TSU decision makers have favored Huang Kun-hui, a TSU member and secretary-general of the private think-tank Taiwan Advocates, to be the next TSU chairman if Su resigns.
Travel routes
The National Youth Commission unveiled yesterday 20 travel routes around the island to help young people at home and abroad to further understand Taiwan's culture and customs during the upcoming winter vacation.
The "Learning Taiwan Through Travel" program set up to encourage local and overseas students to take in-depth tours.
Depending on which route they choose, the officials said, participants will either travel around Penghu or wander through the eastern county of Taitung on bicycle, shoot the rapids in a canoe on a river in Hualien County, get a view of indigenous people's life by staying in their homes, or survey the island's different wetlands.
One of the tour routes will give participants the chance to experience something most people would prefer to avoid: staying in a jail to experience the life of inmates.
More information is available on www.youthhub.net.tw/youthtravel.
Moderate quake
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck off Taiwan's east coast early yesterday morning, with no initial reports of any damage or injuries.
According to the Seismology Center of the Central Weather Bureau, the earthquake occurred 8.7 kilometers underground at 1:28 a.m., with the epicenter located 41.1 km northeast of the Suao earthquake station in Yilan County.
Election debates
Whether the country's presidential and legislative elections should be held on the same day is an issue worthy of discussion, and relevant policies can be worked out in meetings of the Central Election Commission, Executive Yuan spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said yesterday.
Reducing the number of major election days in Taiwan is a set policy of the Democratic Progressive Party government as doing so can help reduce "social costs," Cheng said.


Updated : 2021-05-19 02:02 GMT+08:00