Date: Feb 09, 2017
By: Lee Hsin-fang and Yeh Yung-chien / Staff reporters
The replacement of former Council of Agriculture (COA) minister Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻) in the recent Cabinet reshuffle had nothing to do with his sharing a government-owned house with three female colleagues, the Executive Yuan said yesterday.
Chinese-language media reports said Tsao’s sharing of the house in Taipei’s Zhongzheng District (中正) — a dormitory reserved for the head of the council — partly contributed to his replacement in the recent Cabinet reshuffle.
Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said Tsao’s housing situation had absolutely nothing to do with the reshuffle and that sharing the accommodation was completely legal.
“They lived in separate spaces. There was nothing illegal,” Hsu said. “It was [arranged] long ago and had nothing to do with [his removal].” [FULL STORY]