Lee Ying-yuan Dies at Age 68 前駐泰代表李應元昨病逝 享壽68歲

Career politician Lee Ying-yuan died at the age of 68 on Nov. 11. President Tsai Ing-wen made the announcement and offered her condolences on Facebook.


Lee Ying-yuan died at National Taiwan University Hospital on Nov. 11. He was 68. President Tsai Ing-wen announced Lee's death on Facebook, saying his warmth and passion left all of his friends with a deep impression. She also thanked Lee for dedicating his life to Taiwan.

Lee Ying-yuan (June 30, 2008), Former Yunlin County Magistrate: “I'm from Yunlin so I was always going to come home. I will work hard to build up local infrastructure.”

Lee's political career spanned 30 years despite being blacklisted and imprisoned for supporting Taiwan independence when he was a student. In 1995, he won a legislative seat. In 2000, he was appointed deputy representative to the US by then-President Chen Shui-bian. Lee unsuccessfully ran for Taipei City mayor in 2002 and then lost the party primary for Yunlin County magistrate in 2013. When the Democratic Progressive Party returned to power in 2016, Lee was given the post of environmental protection administration minister. In 2018, Lee resigned following the DPP's major defeat in the local elections.

Lee Ying-yuan (Nov. 5, 2018), Former Environmental Protection Administration Minister: “Everyone moves forward a step at a time. It's been almost 30 years. Everyone has had a generation to make adjustments.”

Lee was appointed Taipei's representative to Thailand in June 2020 but resigned the following May after an E. coli infection. His death was due to his cancer metastasizing.

 

 

前駐泰國代表李應元,11號晚間6點半,在台大醫院病逝、享壽68歲;總統蔡英文透過臉書發文哀悼表示,我們的好朋友應元,在今天傍晚離開了。蔡總統表示,李應元的溫暖熱情,讓所有接觸過的朋友印象深刻,也謝謝李應元,一生為台灣這塊土地付出。
 

已故前雲林副縣長李應元(2008.06.30):「雲林的子弟,本來就要回到自己的家、故鄉建設,一起來打拚。」

李應元從政見30年,早期在美國求學時,因參加台獨活動,被列為返國黑名單,還因此入獄;1995年當選立法委員,隨後2000年受到前總統陳水扁重用,派駐美國擔任副代表。不過2002年被徵召參選台北市長落敗,2013年參加黨內雲林縣長初選也落敗;直到2016年民進黨再度執政,李應元被任命為環保署長,但2018年底民進黨在九合一地方選舉重挫,李應元跟著請辭環保署長獲准。
 

已故前環保署長李應元(2018.11.05):「大家是逐步的,大概有將近30年的時間,有一代的時間,讓大家充分的來能夠做調整。」

李應元去年六月再度被提拔,出任駐泰國代表,沒想到今年五月感染大腸桿菌,身體不適狀況加劇,決定提出辭職,任職才不到一年;如今因為癌症惡化、不幸病逝,30年從政生涯謝幕。

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