Taipei, May 29 (CNA) Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) has approved the resignation of Education Minister Wu Maw-kuen (吳茂昆), Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said Tuesday.
Wu, a member of Academia Sinica, took office on April 19, after his predecessor Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) stepped down on April 14 over the controversy surrounding the ministry’s refusal to approve the appointment of National Taiwan University (NTU) President-elect Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔).
A ministry official said Wu will not talk to the media, and news about his resignation will be released by the Executive Yuan.
According to local media reports, Wu offered to resign verbally to Cabinet Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) on Friday and again Lai on Saturday and Sunday after being accused of the same kinds of activities that the government has used in part to justify its opposition to Kuan.
It was during Wu’s time in office that the Education Ministry made its final decision in late April to not approve Kuan’s appointment because of what it said were legal violations by Kuan and instructed NTU to start the process to elect a president again.
The controversial decision was rejected by NTU, which called on the ministry to approve Kuan’s appointment. A stalemate has existed since then.
Kuan was elected to the post by an NTU committee in early January.
The 68-year-old Wu is a physicist with the Institute of Physics under Academia Sinica and National Dong Hwa University in Hualien County.
(By Ku Chuan, Phoenix Hsu and Evelyn Kao)