Minor Cabinet reshuffle announced ahead of Tsai's new term

05/19/2020 04:45 PM
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Taipei, May 19 (CNA) The Executive Yuan on Tuesday announced a new Cabinet with only minor changes to the original ministerial lineup, one day before President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) starts her second four-year term in office.

The minor reshuffle saw no changes at the nation's defense, foreign, transportation, interior, health, justice, economic and finance ministries, among others, the Executive Yuan announced.

The handful of newly-appointed ministers included National Development Council (NDC) Minister Kung Ming-hsin (龔明鑫), who replaces Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶).

Kung, 56, is currently a minister without portfolio, and previously served as deputy NDC minister and deputy economics minister.

The new minister of Science and Technology is Wu Tsung-tsong (吳政忠), who is currently also a minister without portfolio and previously taught theoretical and applied mechanics at National Taiwan University. Wu takes over the post from Chen Liang-gee (陳良基).

Incumbent Hakka Affairs Council Minister Lee Yung-de (李永得) will become the nation's new Minister of Culture with the departure of Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君).

Lee's position at the council will be filled by his deputy, Yiong Cong-ziin (楊長鎮).

In addition, incumbent Financial Supervisory Commission Vice Chairman Huang Tien-mu (黃天牧) will be promoted to chairman after his predecessor Wellington Koo (顧立雄) was appointed Taiwan's new National Security Council secretary-general.

Taiwan's current top representative to Thailand Tung Chen-yuan (童振源) will become Overseas Community Affairs Council Minister with the departure of Wu Hsin-hsing (吳新興).

Huang Chih-ta (黃致達), the current head of Premier Su Tseng-chang's (蘇貞昌) office, will be promoted to minister without portfolio, according to the Executive Yuan.

The new Cabinet will officially assume office Wednesday following a swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Office presided over by President Tsai, which is slated to be held after Tsai's own swearing-in ceremony earlier in the day, according to the Executive Yuan.

(By Ku Chuan, Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh)

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