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Taiwan names new economics minister after predecessor quits over fatal gas blasts

Published on Aug 10, 2014 10:11 PM
Soldiers clearing up the ground at the gas explosions site in the southern Kaohsiung city on August 2, 2014. A series of powerful gas blasts killed at least 25 people and injured up to 267, overturning cars and ripping up roads as terrified residents fled an inferno. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan on Sunday named Mr Woody Duh Tyzz-Jiun as economics minister, after his predecessor resigned 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 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, on Sunday 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.

The Cabinet then named Chang's deputy as the new economics minister.

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