Taiwan retains most Cabinet members in reshuffle - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan retains most Cabinet members in reshuffle

Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) Taiwan assembled its new Cabinet on Friday, retaining almost all of the previous members in a reshuffle that followed the ruling party's defeat in the Nov. 29 local government elections.

The new Cabinet will be led by Premier Mao Chih-Kuo, who was promoted to that position after Jiang Yi-huah resigned on the night of the election, leading to the en masse resignation of Jiang's Cabinet.

In the reshuffle, only two other Cabinet members besides Jiang will not return -- Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai, who will be replaced temporarily by Deputy Minister of Culture Hung Meng-chi, and Minister of the Coast Guard Administration Wang Ginn-wang, who has retired.

All the other members have been retained but many of the posts have been reshuffled.

Among them is the post of vice premier which will be filled by Minister of Science and Technology Simon Chang.

Chang's position, meanwhile, will be filled temporarily by Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Lin Yi-bing, who will serve in an acting capacity until a new minister is named.

In another significant move, Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun will swap places with Deng Chen-chung, a minister without portfolio who serves concurrently as governor of Fujian Province.

In the Coast Guard Administration, deputy minister Wang Chung-yi will move up to the position of minister.

Yeh Shin-cheng, deputy minister of the Environmental Protection Administration, has been named a minister without portfolio.

The following is the full lineup of the new Cabinet, which will be sworn in on Dec. 8: Premier: Mao Chih-Kuo Vice Premier: Simon Chang Secretary-General: Lee Shih-chuan Deputy Secretary-General: Hsiao Chia-chi Spokesperson: Sun Lih-chyun Minister of the Interior: Chen Wei-zen Minister of Foreign Affairs: David Lin Minister of National Defense: Yen Ming Minister of Finance: Chang Sheng-ford Minister of Education: Wu Se-hwa Minister of Justice: Luo Ying-shay Minister of Economic Affairs: Deng Chen-chung Minister of Transportation and Communications: Yeh Kuang-shih Minister of Health and Welfare: Chiang Been-huang Minister of Labor: Chen Hsiung-wen Minister of the National Development Council: Kuan Chung-ming Minister of the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission: Tsai Yu-ling Minister of the Overseas Community Affairs Council: Chen Shyh-kwei Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council: Wang Yu-chi Minister of the Financial Supervisory Commission: Tseng Ming-chung Minister of the Veterans Affairs Commission: Tung Hsiang-lung Minister of the Atomic Energy Council: Tsai Chuen-horng Minister of the Council of Agriculture: Chen Bao-ji Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples: Lin Chiang-yi Minister of the Hakka Affairs Council: Liu Ching-chung Minister of the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics: Shih Su-mei Minister of the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration: Huang Fu-yuan Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration: Wei Kuo-yen Minister of the Coast Guard Administration: Wang Chung-yi Minister of the Public Construction Commission: Hsu Chun-yat Minister without Portfolio (concurrently governor of Taiwan province): Lin Junq-tzer Minister without Portfolio: Kuan Chung-ming Minister without Portfolio: Feng Yen Minister without Portfolio: Tsai Yu-ling Minister without Portfolio (concurrently governor of Fujian province): Duh Tzyy-jiun Minister without Portfolio: Hsu Chun-yat Minister without Portfolio: Yeh Shin-cheng Director of the National Palace Museum: Fung Ming-chu

(By Tang Pei-chun and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/pc

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