Presidential Secretary-General Chen Chu to step down May 20

Chen Chu (CNA file photo)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Presidential Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊) said Sunday on Facebook she will leave her post on May 20 when President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) begins her second term.

Chen said it was the right time to leave the Presidential Office as Taiwan moves into a new phase and the president needs more freedom to make personnel arrangements.

“Therefore I have decided to leave the Presidential Office where I have served for two years,” she said.

Chen will reportedly be nominated by Tsai to serve as the president of the Control Yuan.

In the future, the functions of the Control Yuan will be adjusted and its head will also serve as the chief of the Control Yuan’s National Human Rights Committee after it is established, according to an amendment passed on Dec. 10, 2019.

That date was the 40th anniversary of the Kaohsiung Incident, a government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Chen was arrested and jailed for her participation in the protests.