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Taiwan Defense Minister Yang Resigns After 6 Days in Office

Taiwan’s defense minister resigned six days into the job after acknowledging plagiarism in a 2007 book, adding to complications for President Ma Ying-jeou as his government deals with anger over the death of a conscript.

Ma accepted Andrew Yang’s resignation after discussions with Premier Jiang Yi-huah, according to an e-mailed statement from the president’s office late yesterday. Chief of General Staff Yen Ming will replace Yang, Ma’s administration said. Acting minister Kao Kuang-chi will take Yen’s post, the United Daily News reported today.