Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (
Twenty-five municipal officials, including Taipei Deputy Mayor King Pu-tsun (金溥聰) and Taipei City Government Secretariat Director Lee Sush-der(李述德) resigned with Ma.
Ma will hand over the city government to Taipei Mayor-elect Hau Lung-bin (
Addressing the resignation ceremony, Ma talked about his municipal achievements -- from the MRT construction to the dredging of the Danshui River and Keelung River -- while urging the officials who will stay in the city government to assist Hau with municipal development.
"This municipal team is a clean, harmonious and competitive team ... I didn't have any troops when I came into office eight years ago. Now all of you are my troops," Ma said at City Hall.
Meanwhile, in Kaohsiung, Democratic Progressive Party Kaohsiung Mayor-elect Chen Chu (陳菊) yesterday said current Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Cheng Wen-lung (鄭文隆) and City Government Secretary-General Hau Chien-sheng (郝建生) will stay on as her government staffers.
She said, however, that she had not finalized her staff list and did not provide details on the positions which will be reserved for Cheng and Hau.
Chen is expected to announce her staff members before she assumes office on Monday.
Chen said that Cheng and Hau, who were recommended by Acting Mayor Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) to her, "are excellent staffers."
Cheng is in charge of pushing the construction of the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit system and the stadiums for the 2009 World Games.
Yeh yesterday also held her last meetings with her staff.
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