NSB head, Presidential Office secretary-general resign

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Peng Sheng-chu, CNA file photo

Peng Sheng-chu, CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has approved the resignations of the head of the National Security Bureau (NSB) and the Presidential Office secretary-general, the president's spokesman said Wednesday.

NSB head Yang Kuo-chiang (楊國強) had indicated his intention to resign on multiple occasions, believing himself to have completed his mission "at this time," Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said.

Yang will be replaced by former Air Force Commander Peng Sheng-chu (彭勝竹), Huang said. Peng will take up the new post within the next two weeks, he added.

Meanwhile, Lin Bih-jaw (林碧炤), secretary-general of the Presidential Office, also tendered his resignation.

Although the president tried to dissuade him from stepping down, Lin said he wanted to focus on writing, according to Huang.

The president decided to respect Lin's wishes and approve his resignation, which will take effect on Thursday. She also expressed gratitude for Lin's hard work since May, Huang said.

Lin said it was an honor to be invited by the president to serve in the new government during the transition period, according to Huang.

However, Lin feels someone else would be better suited to deal with the challenges ahead, Huang said.

The president has yet to choose a candidate to replace Lin, he added.

Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Jason Liu (劉建忻) will serve as acting secretary-general until a replacement is named, Huang said.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Elaine Hou)
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