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Chu sworn in as Xinbei mayor

2010/12/25 13:49:38

Xinbei, Dec. 25 (CNA) Eric Liluan Chu assumed office Saturday asthe first mayor of the new special municipality of Xinbei, an upgradeof Taipei County.

Chu said the day marked the beginning of a new age when XinbeiCity will compete its municipal governance performance with fourother special municipalities in the country.

"There will not be any holidays over my coming four-year term.Every day will be a workday to strive for the development of Xinbei,"he said during the swearing-in ceremony.

The city has not figured out what to call itself in English.

Chu wanted to change the new city's name to "New Taipei City, "because Xinbei means "new Taipei" in Chinese.

But the move was blocked by the Ministry of the Interior for now,with Deputy Interior Minister Chien Tai-lang saying the ministrywould discuss the proposal with Chu at a later date.

(By Wang Hong-kuo and Y.F. Low)