Taipei and central government at odds over deputy mayor’s situation

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and the central government clashed Sunday on who has the final say on which of his three deputy mayors will be invited to leave if the people of the city ​​falls below a certain threshold. threshold.

According to Article 55 of the Local Government Law, a city such as Taipei which is classified as a “special municipality” can have three deputy mayors if it has a population of more than 2.5 million.

At the end of December 2021, the city had 2.52 million inhabitants, up from 2.59 million in January 2021, indicating that it could soon fall below the threshold and be forced to fire one of its three deputy mayors.

Deputy Home Secretary Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥) said Taipei would indeed be forced to remove one of its deputy mayors under such circumstances, but it was up to Ko to decide which of the three would be invited to leave since they have all been appointed. by him.

In contrast, Ko said earlier on Sunday that the decision on which deputy should be fired would depend on a particular “streak,” without providing any details of what that meant.

A source told CNA that the city called Ko’s three deputies its first, second and third deputies based on the order in which they were appointed, but it was not clear if that was what Ko was referring and whether the third deputy, Huang Shan- shan (黃珊珊), would be the person let go.

Ko said his government will file an official request with the Home Office asking it to explain the exact rules regarding the dismissal of a deputy mayor and when it is due.

Timing could be a dilemma, given that Ko’s second and final term as mayor ends at the end of this year.

(By Matt Yu, Chen Chun-hua and Joseph Yeh)

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