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Lai Ching-te sworn in as new premier

2017/09/08 10:23:49

Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) Premier-designate Lai Ching-te (賴清德) was sworn in as premier at the head of a new Cabinet by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) at a ceremony in the Presidential Office Friday.

Vice President Chen Chien-jen ( 陳建仁), Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力), Examination Yuan President Wu Jin-lin (吳錦霖), Control Yuan President Chang Po-ya (張博雅) and Presidential Office Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), were present to witness the ceremony.

Lai, who previously served as mayor of Tainan, will officially take over the post from outgoing Premier Lin Chuan (林全) at 11:00 a.m. at a handover ceremony in the Executive Yuan, which will be streamed live on

Lin's resignation was approved by Tsai on Monday and Lai was appointed to succeed Lin the next day.

Describing himself as a man of his word, Lin said he looks forward to better teamwork in the Cabinet and expressed frustration that many bills remain stalled in the Legislature, adding that he did everything in his power and the task now falls to his successor, who he wished all the best.

(By Flor Wang)