Date: Jan 20, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA
In arguably the most bizarre reaction to the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
(KMT) electoral defeat on Saturday, Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) has resigned in spite of President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) objection, and even turned the president away from his residence in the process.
Details began to surface late on Monday after Ma was said to have left a message with Mao’s wife, asking the premier to stay on until Ma can persuade the Democratic Progressive Party to form a new Cabinet after it won both the presidency and control of the Legislative Yuan.
Presidential Office spokesperson Charles Chen (陳以信) said that Ma went to Mao’s residence, but did not find him there.
Ma then asked the premier’s wife to convey the message, asking Mao to “put the interest of the nation first and to hold his position” until the Cabinet’s resignation is approved, Chen said. [FULL STORY]