Tsai will form task force to handle handover of power - Focus Taiwan

Tsai will form task force to handle handover of power

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Saturday that she will immediately form a team to coordinate major policies with the incumbent Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) administration to ensure stability in the four months before her administration takes office on May 20.

"We will consult with other parties in the shortest time to jointly maintain the stability of the four-month period after the election," Tsai said during an international press conference.

Tsai also said that her party, the Democratic Progressive Party, which won a legislative majority for the first time, will establish new regulations as quickly as possible to address handover issues with outgoing president and vice president.

When asked what bills her party will propose in the new Legislature and whether she will continue to head the DPP, Tsai said she has proposed five major political reforms during her campaign, and her government will speed up those reforms in the shortest time possible.

The new legislative session is set to begin on Feb. 1.

"The most important thing is not who will be the party's chairperson. The most important thing is that we establish a platform so that people from different parties, with seats in the Legislature, can sit down and have a good discussion" to push forward reforms, Tsai said.

Meanwhile, on the issue of Taiwan's bid to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Tsai refused to answer if she will accept imports of pork from the United States containing a leanness enhancing drug banned in Taiwan as part of TPP talks, but said TPP negotiations will take a long time.

"We estimate that TPP negotiations will take a long time because they involve many complicated issues," she said.

During this time, Tsai said, her administration will speed up the upgrading and reform of Taiwan's industries and strengthen food safety management.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Christie Chen; click here for the full coverage of the elections.)ENDITEM/ls

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