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Premier refuses to accept culture minister's resignation: spokesman

2015/09/30 21:14:03

Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) has asked Minister of Culture (MOC) Hung Meng-chi (洪孟啟) to remain in his post after Hung tendered his resignation Wednesday amid allegations of misuse of government funds, a Cabinet spokesman said.

In response to the premier's request, Hung said he would discuss the matter with his wife and reconsider his decision, said Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群).

Hung tendered his resignation Wednesday after Next Magazine reported that the MOC had paid ruling Kuomintang lawmakers on the Education and Culture Committee NT$2.5 million dollars (US$76,000) each to help pass a budget proposal.

At a press conference, Hung said that while the news report was unfounded, it had hurt the image of the MOC, and he had tendered his resignation to Premier Mao to take responsibility.

Premier Mao, however, refused to accept Hung's resignation and phoned the minister, asking him to remain in his post, according to Sun.

(By Wang Cheng-chun and Lee Mei-yu)