Sat, Jul 14, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Chiayi appointment gripe to be addressed: premier

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

Premier Sean Chen (陳冲) yesterday said he takes seriously the criticism leveled by Examination Yuan president John Kuan (關中) over the appointment of Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) as deputy head of the Executive Yuan’s new branch office in Chiayi City.

Chen said he “highly valued” Kuan’s views and that he would properly address Kuan’s concerns over the legitimacy of the appointment, though he did not elaborate.

Yang was appointed to the office, which came into being on July 1, amid criticism that the arrangement was to pave the way for National Youth Commission Minister Chen Yi-chen (陳以真), Yang’s wife, to run for the 2014 mayoral election in Chiayi City.

Chen Yi-chen, who lost her bid in the legislative election earlier this year, was rumored to be picked to head the branch office after the commission is disbanded and merged with the Ministry of Education and the Council of Labor Affairs at the end of the year.

According to minutes of an Examination Yuan meeting made public on Thursday, Kuan said Yang did not meet any of the qualifications for the position as stipulated in Article 5 of the organization direction of the Executive Yuan’s branch offices.

Kuan was quoted in the minutes as saying that he did not see why the Executive Yuan had appointed Yang, who was “neither qualified nor legitimate.”

Yen Chiu-lai (顏秋來), deputy minister of the Executive Yuan’s Directorate-General of Personnel Administration, was invited by Kuan to attend the meeting, at which he defended the legitimacy of Yang’s appointment.

Asked for a comment over the controversy yesterday, Sean Chen said the Executive Yuan had sought opinions from the Examination Yuan before the appointment was finalized, but that Kuan had not been involved in the discussions between the two agencies.

“We would like to address the issue properly,” Sean Chen said.

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