Taipei’s legal affairs chief resigns over differences with mayor

Taipei's legal affairs chief tendered her resignation Monday, citing differences with Mayor Ko Wen-je (???), and will be the 14th department chief or senior official to leave Ko's administration in less than two years.

Confirming her resignation in a letter to her staff, Yang Fang-ling (???) said "political appointees should know when to step down if they do not agree with their boss's philosophy."

Yang said that since assuming her position as chief of the city government's Department of Legal Affairs, she has expected herself to be a professional rather than a bureaucrat, and has said what has needed to be said despite pressure from upstairs or other departments.

She said that based on her insistence of adhering to the law, she kept trying to stop the mayor whenever he stepped on the legal red line.

"Regrettably, I was misunderstood in many cases as hampering the city government's efficiency and confronting the mayor," she said.

Ko has frequently been criticized for his arbitrary leadership style since he took office in December 2014.

Thirteen senior officials in Ko's administration had stepped down before Yang decided to resign, including Deputy Mayor Chou Li-fang (???), Research, Development and Evaluation Commission Chairman Chen Ming-shiun (???), and Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Ni Chung-hwa (???).

Others who have stepped down include Department of Rapid Transit Systems Commissioner Chou Lie-liung (???) and Department of Sports Commissioner Yang Jong-her (???).

The latest personnel change has drawn special attention because Yang is the wife of Ko's campaign manager Yao Li-ming (???), who helped the political novice score an emphatic win over Sean Lien, a son of former Vice President Lien Chan.

Yang's resignation has been seen by some critics as a sign of estrangement between Ko and Yao.

The 14 resignations represent a turnover of roughly a third of Taipei's senior officials leading the city's 33 departments and commissions (including its Secretariat) or serving as one of the city's three deputy mayors.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel