By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Academia Sinica narrowed down a list of prospective candidates for its presidency from four to three Saturday amid the controversy enveloping its current head, Wong Chi-huey.
The top academic returned to Taiwan and met President Ma Ying-jeou Friday, denying his alleged involvement in an insider trading scandal. He reportedly did not repeat an offer to resign, but since his 10-year period in office ends in October, the procedure to choose his successor has already started.
An Academia Sinica review committee met at 10 a.m. Saturday amid extensive media attention due to the allegations against Wong. However, committee members were unwilling to comment on their current head or on his potential successor.
According to the official procedure, the committee had to consider three of the present four candidates. After two hours of presentations and debates, the committee held one round of voting which succeeded in choosing the three remaining contenders, though the result was not announced to the public. [FULL STORY]