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DPP's Su Jia-chyuan elected legislative speaker

2016/02/01 12:05:36

New Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan.

Taipei, Feb. 1 (CNA) Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected Monday as speaker of the Legislative Yuan on its opening day, after his party won a majority last month in the 113-seat Legislature for the first time.

With his election, Su has become the first DPP member to preside over Taiwan's top lawmaking body.

Su is a former minister of the interior and DPP secretary-general who served as a legislator from Pingtung County for two terms from 1992 to 1997 and was selected this year by his party to fill one of its legislator-at-large seats.

He is widely seen as a close ally of President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and is expected to spearhead reforms of the Legislative Yuan.

The speakership election was held after lawmakers were sworn in earlier in the day to begin their four-year terms.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Jay Chen; click here for the updated story.)

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