Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) phoned Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party to congratulate her on winning the presidential election Saturday and told her he hoped that during the transition period they could discuss the issue of a new Cabinet, a Presidential Office spokesman said.
Noting that the DPP also won a majority in the 113-seat Legislature, the president said he hoped Tsai would meet with him to discuss naming a new premier to head the Cabinet, the spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said.
It will help maintain political stability in the country during the transition period if the new premier is also backed by most of the newly elected legislators, Chen said, citing President Ma.
The comments followed an announcement by Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) that he and his Cabinet will resign en masse as soon as possible so that a new Cabinet can be appointed before the new Legislature is sworn in on Feb. 1, in accordance with constitutional precedent.
The announcement came on the heels of the Kuomintang's (KMT) loss of both the presidential and legislative elections on Saturday. Days before the election, Ma had proposed that the party which wins the legislative majority should form the Cabinet.
At an international news conference after declaring victory Saturday, Tsai said in response to a question on the issue that she would adhere to constitutional procedure.
In Ma's phone conversation with Tsai, he also expressed the hope that the new government would maintain the status quo of peace and prosperity in the Taiwan Strait, Chen said.
Ma also phoned Eric Chu (朱立倫), the presidential candidate and chairman of the Kuomintang, to console him, Chen said.
Ma said everyone in the KMT should share the burden at this difficult time, according to Chen.
(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Elaine Hou; click here for the full coverage of the elections.)ENDITEM/pc
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