Taiwan's army chief seeks to quit after soldier abuse scandal
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's army chief is seeking to quit after the death of a young soldier who was apparently forced to exercise excessively sparked public outrage, officials said on Saturday.
It is the second time 61-year-old General Lee Hsiang-chou has tried to step down following the death of the young corporal in a case that has already led to the resignation of a defence minister.
Army Commander Lee applied to defence minister Yen Ming to be discharged on Friday, defence officials said, but his application was rejected and it was not immediately clear what his next move would be.
The legal retirement age for a general in Taiwan is 64.