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Atayal residents worried over Taoyuan’s upgrade

LOSS OF AUTONOMY:Residents are concerned that the change would downgrade their township into a district and eliminate mayoral and councilor elections

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Deputy Minister of the Interior Chien Tai-lang (簡太郎) said the ministry understood the wishes of the Aborigines, but it could not make an exception that is not included in law.

“Changing Aboriginal townships to municipal districts is temporary only — until the law on Aboriginal autonomy is passed. When it’s passed, all Aboriginal areas will be granted autonomy,” Chien said.

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