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Security chief resigns for health reasons: Presidential Office

Security chief resigns for health reasons: Presidential Office

Taipei, March 11 (CNA) The Presidential Office dismissed Wednesday speculation that the recent resignation of National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Tsai Chao-ming resulted from a power struggle within the government's intelligence branch.
Presidential Office spokesman Wang Yu-chi clarified that Tsai decided to quit for health reasons, pointing out that Tsai has been hospitalized several times since assuming the position in June 2008.
President Ma Ying-jeou tried a number of times to persuade Tsai to stay on, but eventually approved Tsai's resignation in light of his firm determination to leave, Wang said.
The president highly appreciated Tsai's performance and will confer him with a medal of honor in recognition of his contributions, Wang said.
The president has not yet decided on who will be Tsai's successor, the spokesman added.
The Presidential Office announced late Tuesday that Tsai had tendered his resignation for health reasons and that the offer was approved by President Ma. The abrupt announcement, however, sparked speculation that Tsai's resignation was related to a serious power struggle within the intelligence system.
Tsai is the first native Taiwanese ever to hold the country's top intelligence post.
Tsai was first promoted to the top NSB post in 2001 by then-President Chen Shui-bian. He resigned in 2004 to take responsibility for the March 19 shooting of Chen and then-Vice President Annette Lu in Tainan City, southern Taiwan, on the eve of their re-election.
Tsai was appointed by Ma back to the post in June 2008, following the resignation of the-NSB chief Shi Hwei-yow.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the NSB said Tsai's devotion to his work had triggered relapses of past illnessess. Despite his ailments, however, Tsai remained on the job over the past several months.
Tsai's poor health drove him to eventually tender his resignation on four separate occasions, but he was retained by the president each time, the bureau said.
Tsai finally decided to firmly resist Ma's appeals to stay on the job, however, fearing that his poor health would affect the implementation of government policies, according to the NSB.
(By Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-04-21 07:55 GMT+08:00