Taiwan economics minister resigns over blackout

Mass outage caused by human error

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/08/15
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Cabinet accepted the resignation of Economics

Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung resigned over Tuesday’s blackout. (By Central News Agency)

Minister Lee Chih-kung (李世光) Tuesday evening after a massive power outage which knocked out traffic lights, trapped people in elevators and darkened shopping malls and offices across the nation.

The incident was reportedly caused by human error, with the supply of gas to the Datan Power Station in Taoyuan City being interrupted for two minutes just before 5 p.m.

After appearing at a news conference apologizing to the public, Lee handed in his resignation to Premier Lin Chuan (林全) and the latter accepted it, a Cabinet spokesman announced.    [FULL  STORY]

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