Taiwan president's spokesman resigns amid controversy
TAIPEI (AFP) - A spokesman for Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou resigned on Thursday amid a deepening political scandal that saw the parliamentary speaker expelled over influence peddling claims.
Mr Lo Chih-chiang, deputy secretary-general of the presidential office, said the expulsion of speaker Mr Wang Jin-pyng on Wednesday had prompted his surprise decision.
"I want to take a break and spend time with my family," he added.
"The controversy over Wang's influence peddling case ... made me think that it's time to come to an end at work," he told reporters.