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Mao Chi-kuo named as premier

2014/12/03 18:28:37

Mao Chi-kuo (center), CNA file photo

Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) Mao Chi-kuo was named premier Wednesday, according to an announcement from the Presidential Office.

He will replace outgoing Premier Jiang Yi-huah as the head of the Cabinet.

Ma Wei-kuo, a spokeswoman for the Presidential Office, said Mao, who has served as the vice premier in Jiang's Cabinet for one year and 10 months, is familiar with the administration's policies and skilled at communicating with and coordinating work between different agencies.

As a Ph.D. from MIT, Mao had served on various jobs at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and is familiar with Taiwan's industries, said the spokeswoman.

She expressed confidence that under his leadership, the new Cabinet will be able to resume its work in the shortest period of time.

Jiang and his Cabinet resigned en masse on Nov. 29 to take responsibility for the defeat of the ruling Kuomintang in local elections.

(By Kelven Huang and Maubo Chang)