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Premier leads Cabinet in en masse resignation

2016/05/12 13:52

A group photo of the outgoing Cabinet of Premier Simon Chang (front row, center).

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) Premier Simon Chang (張善政) led his Cabinet in an en masse resignation Thursday, to prepare for the handover to his successor, Lin Chun (林全), who will assume office May 20.

The only item on the agenda for the last meeting of the current Executive Yuan was the Cabinet resignation, with Chang leading the nearly 40 Cabinet members to submit their resignations to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).

Chang said that although his Cabinet has been in place for only a short time, his team has "been the best."

He noted that after assuming the premiership Feb. 1, he has said that his Cabinet would by no means be a caretaker Cabinet, but one that would stick to the post to do what must be done.

He cited a spate of incidents over the past three months, including a killer temblor in Tainan, an outbreak of influenza, a Taiwanese fishing ship being shot by an Indonesian patrol boat, another fishing boat being detained after operating in waters near a Japan-controlled atoll in the Pacific, a freighter that ran aground on the New Taipei shoreline, the random killing of a 4-year-old girl in Taipei's Neihu District, Taiwanese fraud suspects in Kenya and Malaysia being deported to mainland China, a Taiwanese delegation forced to leave an OECD steel meeting in Brussels, as well as the attendance at the World Health Assembly conference.

Most of the resultant problems were resolved smoothly, and he expressed appreciation for the efforts of his Cabinet.

In addition to coping with these unexpected incidents, the Cabinet has also made positive contributions over the three month and 12 day period of its existence.

He noted that in the wake of the Feb. 6 killer quake in Tainan, problems regarding soil liquefaction and inadequate architecture law emerged, and the Ministry of the Interior and related government agencies have unveiled programs to provide a safer living environment.

The Cabinet also passed draft convergence acts, covering electronic communication, telecom infrastructure and resources, cable systems, telecom services and terrestrial television, which were designed to replace the Radio and Television Act, Satellite Broadcasting Act, Cable Television Act and Telecommunications Act.

The Cabinet has also initially approved a proposal for the use of mobile payment services like Apple Pay in Taiwan.

"The Cabinet has not only solved the problems at hand, but has worked to lay a better foundation for the long-term development of the nation, " Chang said, adding that he was proud of them. Chang and his Cabinet then had a "graduation" photo taken together.

Asked what score would he give to the Cabinet, he only said that "I've never given a score myself. Our score will be given by the people."

(By Tai Ya-chen and Lilian Wu)ENDITEM/J