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Lin Chuan named premier of new government (update)

2016/03/15 13:13:04

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) Calling her nominee "the best executive," President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday named former Minister of Finance Lin Chuan (林全) as the premier of the government that will take office on May 20.

Tsai said Lin is good at communication and problem solving, and is especially adept at clarifying the nature of an issue among disagreeing views in order to find a solution.

Lin is also the person most familiar with her ideas of governing the country, and his past performance in the government has received public affirmation, Tsai said.

"That was why I chose him as premier," Tsai said at a joint press conference with Lin to announce his appointment.

Lin, born in Kaohsiung on Dec. 13, 1951, served as chief of the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics of the Executive Yuan between 2000 and 2002, and as minister of finance between late 2002 and early 2006 under President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). He has no party affiliation.

Lin is now the chief executive officer of the New Frontier Foundation, a think tank chaired by Tsai, and played a major role in her presidential campaign.

Although Lin worked exclusively on finance in his previous experience in government, Tsai said "I promise everyone that Lin Chuan's Cabinet will not be one focused only on economics and finance," but one of reform, and one that is good at communication and able to get things done.

Tsai said she chose to announce her premier on Tuesday because she plans to have the key appointments of the new Cabinet completed in April, to give her team ample time to settle into place.

The president-elect said Taiwan's society faces many long-standing problems and challenges and the political and social reforms she proposed during the election are as important as her economic and industrial policies.

Beginning now, Tsai said, her team will aim to rebuild the people's trust in government.

"I believe Lin Chuan will be the best executive for Taiwan as it heads toward reform," Tsai said.

At the press conference, Lin said he will aim for close communication with local governments in the future and expressed hope to recruit talents from local governments to help the Cabinet get a grasp of the different needs and expectations of people from around the country.

Saying he initially did not want to return to public life again, Lin called on people with experience to "help us in government," adding that the government must also nurture new talents for its sustainability.

Lin earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Fu Jen Catholic University and a master's degree in public finance from National Chengchi University. He received his doctoral degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

He has also served as executive director of Tsai's Thinking Taiwan Foundation and head of the Taipei City Department of Finance, and is currently also a part-time instructor at National Taiwan University's Department of Economics.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Christie Chen)