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Hakka Affairs Council chairman Huang Yu-chen resigns
Taiwan News, Staff Reporter
2014-07-02 12:29 PM
Huang Yu-chen, Chairman of the Hakka Affairs Council, said Tuesday that he is stepping down from the office for family reasons. Liu Ching-chung, Vice chairman of the council, has been tabbed to take Huang’s place until a permanent chairman can be named. Appointed by Ma Ying-jeou in 2008, Huang survived several rounds of personnel shuffles and was the longest-serving official in the Ma administration.

In announcing his resignation, Huang said that he was stepping down in order to spend more time with his family. He cited the declining health of his wife and said that since taking office as head of the council he had not enjoyed dinner at home even one time.

This is the second time that Huang has tendered his resignation as head of the council. He offered to step aside earlier this year after a scandal involving former City Councilor and Public Works Council Chairman Chen Shi-shuenn but withdrew the request after the Sunflower student movement broke in mid-March, saying that he would stay on to support the efforts of Premier Jiang Yi-huah.

Reports of Huang’s resignation came out Monday as he attended a National Conference on Hakka Affairs in Miaoli. In a message to Hakka Cultural Representatives he stressed that it was his "last day of work," triggering speculation that he would be stepping down as chairman of the Hakka Affairs Council.

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