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Taiwan accepts resignation of economics minister over fatal gas blasts

Published on Aug 10, 2014 7:51 PM
 
Rescue workers burn ghost money to the victims of the gas explosion in the southern Kaohsiung city on Aug 2, 2014. Taiwan's Cabinet on Sunday said it has accepted the resignation of the economics minister who stepped down to try to ease political gridlock in the aftermath of a gas explosion that killed 30 people and injured more than 300. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's Cabinet on Sunday said it has accepted the resignation of the economics minister who stepped down to try to ease political gridlock in the aftermath of a gas explosion that killed 30 people and injured more than 300.

Mr Chang Chia-juch, who took his post in February 2013, submitted his resignation late on Thursday after a series of gas blasts ripped through several city blocks in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest city, late on July 31.

The Executive Yuan, or Cabinet, said in a statement that Premier Chang Yi-huah had accepted Mr Chang's decision to go despite efforts to persuade him to stay at his post. The two are not related.

Several other senior officials, including the deputy economics minister and Kaohsiung city government officials, also submitted their resignations on Thursday.

 
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