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Three officials have residency status overseas, CPA says

By Flora Wang and Shih Hsiu-Chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Central Personnel Administration (CPA) said three of the nation’s overseas representatives to other countries have permanent residency status in other countries after it completed an investigation into the citizenship status of political appointees yesterday.

Representative to Bahrain Parris Chang (張旭成) has permanent residency in the US; representative to Japan Koh Se-kai (�?�) has permanent residency in Japan; and representative to Brazil Chou Shu-yeh (周叔夜) has permanent residency in Brazil, the CPA said.

The Nationality Law (國籍法) bars all government officials, including legislators, from holding dual citizenship and requires those who do to relinquish it upon assuming office.

The law, however, does not impose a ban on government officials’ having foreign residency.

Nevertheless, the Cabinet launched a probe amid allegations by the Democratic Progressive Party that some high-ranking Cabinet personnel hold resident status in other countries.

The first-stage of the investigation earlier this week revealed that National Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Chairwoman Tai Hsia-ling (戴遐齡) owned a Canadian Maple Card, but that she had obtained an official annulment document on Tuesday.

If the three representatives choose not to renounce their permanent resident status in another country they would have to leave office, the CPA said.

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