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Premier-designate announces list of incoming ministers

2016/04/07 18:53:46

Lin Tsou-yen, Lin Wan-i, Shih Jun-ji, Premier-designate Lin Chuan, Lin Hsi-yao, Lin Mei-chu, Hsu Jan-yau, Chang Ching-sen (left to right)

Taipei, April 7 (CNA) Premier-designate Lin Chuan (林全) announced Thursday the names of five ministers without portfolio, who will coordinate and monitor policies, from economics and finance, energy and environment, pensions and personnel, justice and domestic security, to labor and long-term care.

Shih Jun-ji (施俊吉), former head of the Financial Supervisory Commission, who has a Ph.D. in economics from National Taiwan University, will be responsible for policies regarding economics, communication and trade negotiations, including possible talks on entering the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, Lin said at a press conference.

Chang Ching-sen (張景森), a vice chief of the Council for Economic Planning and Development from 2000-2008 who earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering at National Taiwan University, will be responsible for monitoring issues regarding transportation, land, energy, the environment, the urban-rural divide and regional disparity, said Lin.

Hsu Jan-yau (許璋瑤), former head of the Cabinet's Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, a career civil servant, will be responsible for budget and pensions, and will serve a role similar to that of a chief operating officer and chief performance officer in an enterprise, Lin added.

Lin Mei-chu (林美珠), a former vice interior minister, will assume the position of minister without portfolio and head of the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission. She will be responsible for justice and administrative rules and regulations, said the premier-designate. Lin Mei-chu is a paternal cousin of president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

Lin Wan-i (林萬億), a professor of social work at National Taiwan University who has previously served as a minister without portfolio, will be responsible for labor, social welfare, ethnicity, and long-term care, said the premier-designate.

The premier-designate also announced that Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀), also a former minister without portfolio, will be his vice premier, while Tung Chen-yuan (童振源), an international affairs expert and professor at National Chengchi University, will serve as his Cabinet spokesman.

The premier-designate also said Lin Tsou-yen (林奏延), a pediatrician and former vice minister of health, will be the new minister of health and welfare, and is expected to attend this year's annual meeting of the World Health Assembly in late May.

(By Sophia Yeh, Lu Hsin-hui and Kuo Chung-han)