Deputy will be next Ministry of Audit head, aide says

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Sat, Aug 11, 2007 - Page 3

Vice Auditor-General Lin Ching-lung (林慶隆) has been nominated by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to succeed Su Chen-ping (蘇振平) as head of the Ministry of Audit, an aide to the president said yesterday.

The anonymous aide made the disclosure hours after Chen said he had named a candidate to succeed Su, whose term ends on Oct. 1.

According to the Constitution, the auditor-general, who heads the Ministry of Audit under the Control Yuan, should be nominated by the president and be approved by the Legislative Yuan.

Su, who has served in his current post since 1989, was thrust into the limelight late last year when he ordered a probe into allegations that Chen had misused funds set aside for discretionary use on important state affairs.

The probe led to a judicial investigation that resulted in the indictment of first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) and several aides to the president on charges of forgery and corruption.

Su yesterday, said that he respected the president's decision.