Military appointment allegation denied

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 14, 2017
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter, with CNA

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday denied media reports that a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker intervened in the appointment of a high-level military officer, saying that the appointment would be made in accordance with regulations.

“The ministry strongly denies such allegations. Appointments of important military positions are done in accordance with regulations and the principle of fairness and justice,” it said in a news release.

The statement came a day after the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported that a DPP legislator representing a southern district had pressured the ministry into considering their favored candidate for the post of Army Aviation and Special Forces Command director.

The newspaper said that the ministry was forced to abandon its preferred candidate, and held an evaluation meeting last week to approve the lawmaker’s choice.

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