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Presidential Office denies rumors of Cabinet shake-up

2018/01/02 12:32:35

Taipei, Jan. 2 (CNA) The Presidential Office has denied local media claims that there is going to be a Cabinet shuffle that could see four incumbent ministers replaced before the Chinese New Year holiday.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the Presidential Office dismissed an Apple Daily report claiming that Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維), Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮), Finance Minister Sheu Yu-jer (許虞哲) and Education Minister Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) will be targeted in the upcoming Cabinet shake-up.

The Apple Daily attributed its report to a high-level official of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

The Presidential Office has on more than one occasion dismissed similar claims, saying in its latest statement that Apple Daily's report was groundless.

There have also been media reports, meanwhile, that Labor Minister Lin Mei-chu (林美珠) will be resigning from her position after passage of controversial labor law amendments due to health reasons.

The ministry's spokesman and chief secretary, Chen Ming-jen (陳明仁), told CNA on Tuesday that the reports were false and that the minister was not looking to resign.

(By Fan Cheng-hsiang, Lee Ming-tsung, Yu Hsiao-han and Kuan-lin Liu)
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