Council speaker raps Kaohsiung mayor over deadly gas explosions
Central News Agency
2014-08-26 10:55 PM
Kaohsiung, Aug. 26 (CNA) The Kaohsiung City Council speaker accused Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu Tuesday of "shirking responsibility" in the wake of a series of strong gas explosions in the city that killed 30 people and injured more than 300 in late July. Asking a councilman to take over the speaker's chair during a meeting, Hsu Kun-yuan turned himself into a questioner, demanding to know why the city government did nothing for three full hours before leaks from propylene pipelines caused the deadly explosions. In the face of mounting criticism, Hsu said, Chen merely fired four of her senior aides as a means of "distancing herself from the position of responsibility." He ridiculed the mayor as being a person who knows nothing about shouldering responsibility, "one who knows only how to pass the buck" over "this man-made disaster." His vehement cricitism of the mayor and her government was followed by other councilmen and councilwomen, including Chen Mei-chuan (no relation to the mayor) and Lee Chang-sheng. In response, Chen Chu asked Hsu and the councilors to calm down, assuring them that she will not run from her responsibilities. (By Wang Shu-fen and S.C. Chang)
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