Veterans Affairs Council head named new top intelligence chief

07/24/2019 03:33 PM
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Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) / CNA file photo
Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) / CNA file photo

Taipei, July 24 (CNA) The head of Taiwan's Veterans Affairs Council Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) has been named as the nation's new top intelligence chief after his predecessor resigned from the post Monday over a over a cigarette-smuggling scandal.

Chiu, 66, has been named by the president as the new National Security Bureau (NSB) director-general to take over the vacancy left by the resignation of Peng Sheng-chu (彭勝竹), the Presidential Office announced.

Chiu previously served as commander of the 6th Army Corps and as deputy defense minister, among other posts.

He retired from the military in April 2017 and became veteran affairs minister in February 2018.

Peng resigned from his post Monday after two NSB agents were caught in a high-profile cigarette-smuggling scandal.

(By Ku Chuan, Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh)

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