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Tsai Ing-wen urges formation of caretaker Cabinet

2016/01/16 22:48:03

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Taiwan's President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Saturday that she respects President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) right to form a caretaker Cabinet to maintain proper communication and coordination with the DPP to ensure a smooth transition of power.

Tsai said that a power transition team should be formed to ensure political stability, as the presidential inauguration does not take place until May 20, which means there will be a four-month gap between the presidential election and the day the new president and vice president take office.

She also said she will form a professional, experienced and efficient administration, adding that it will be composed of people with the ability to lead politically, professional ability, and experience, so that they can cope with the numerous challenges facing the country and carry out reforms.

Tsai made the remarks in response to media inquiries at an international press conference shortly after she claimed victory in the presidential election.

The president-elect also said that she will leave the issue of letting the party that holds the legislative majority form a Cabinet to constitutional procedure.

(By Evelyn Kao; click here for the full coverage of the elections.)