Taiwan defence minister to step down amid public outcry over death of soldier
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's defence minister has resigned over the death of a corporal who was allegedly being abused in the military, it was reported on Monday in a case that has sparked outrage across the island.
Mr Kao Hua-chu will be succeeded by his deputy Andrew Yang, the state Central News Agency said, adding that the announcement will be made in a press conference to be chaired by Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Monday afternoon.
The resignation, if confirmed, was apparently aimed at pacifying outrage over the death of corporal Hung Chung-chiu, who died of heatstroke apparently caused by being forced to exercise excessively.
He died on July 4, just three days before he was due to be discharged following completion of his compulsory year-long military service.