PHOTO ESSAY/Inauguration day: Taiwan's newly-elected mayors, county magistrates take office

12/25/2022 07:09 PM
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Police officers stand in front of a group of protesters outside Taipei City Hall on Sunday. CNA photo Dec. 25, 2022
Police officers stand in front of a group of protesters outside Taipei City Hall on Sunday. CNA photo Dec. 25, 2022

Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) The 22 mayors and county magistrates elected in Taiwan’s Nov. 26 elections took office Sunday in ceremonies held at city and county government offices around the country.

In accordance with Taiwanese law, the inauguration ceremonies included a reading of the oath of office and the handover of the city or county government’s official seal to the new mayor/magistrate, in a process overseen by a representative of the Cabinet.

Taipei

Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安, right) receives the official city government seal from his predecessor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲, left), with Vice Premier Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津, center) overseeing the handover. CNA photo Dec. 25, 2022
Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安, right) receives the official city government seal from his predecessor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲, left), with Vice Premier Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津, center) overseeing the handover. CNA photo Dec. 25, 2022
Chiang (front left) accompanies Ko (front right) as he departs Taipei City Hall after the swearing-in ceremony. CNA photo Dec. 25, 2022.
Chiang (front left) accompanies Ko (front right) as he departs Taipei City Hall after the swearing-in ceremony. CNA photo Dec. 25, 2022.

New Taipei

New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜, left) watches as members of his administration take the oath of office. Photo taken from Hou
New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜, left) watches as members of his administration take the oath of office. Photo taken from Hou's Facebook page @houyuih.

According to Taiwan’s Oaths Act, a person taking the oath of office should “stand at attention and face the national flag and portrait of the ‘father of the nation’ [Sun Yat-sen (孫中山)] and then raise their right hand with the palm open, and their five fingers together and pointing forward.”

The text of the oath for mayors and magistrates, also set out in the law, reads as follows:

“I do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will observe regulations, faithfully perform my duties, and contribute to the nation without wasting public money, misusing public officials, engaging in corruption or pursuing personal profit, or receiving bribes. Should I break my oath, I shall be willing to submit myself to the severest punishment. This is my solemn oath.”

Taoyuan

Taoyuan Mayor Simon Chang (張善政, left) chats with former Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦, center) at his inauguration ceremony with Minister of Digital Affairs Audrey Tang (唐鳳) seated to the right. CNA photo Dec. 25, 2022.
Taoyuan Mayor Simon Chang (張善政, left) chats with former Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦, center) at his inauguration ceremony with Minister of Digital Affairs Audrey Tang (唐鳳) seated to the right. CNA photo Dec. 25, 2022.

After his inauguration, Taoyuan Mayor Simon Chang pledged to “immediately” begin negotiations with the central government on one of his main campaign proposals – the expansion of Taipei and New Taipei’s NT$1,280 (US$39) monthly public transportation pass to include Taoyuan and Keelung.

Hsinchu

Hsinchu Mayor Kao Hung-an (高虹安, center in tan suit). CNA photo Dec. 25, 2022
Hsinchu Mayor Kao Hung-an (高虹安, center in tan suit). CNA photo Dec. 25, 2022

Hsinchu Mayor Kao Hung-an, who was recently named as a suspect in a corruption case stemming from her time as a legislator, told reporters that she “is not worried” about the investigation and will not let it interfere with her duties as mayor.

Hsinchu Mayor Kao Hung-an (高虹安, center in tan suit) poses with members of her government at Hsinchu City Hall on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Hsinchu City government.
Hsinchu Mayor Kao Hung-an (高虹安, center in tan suit) poses with members of her government at Hsinchu City Hall on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Hsinchu City government.

Taichung

Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕, third left) flanked by deputy mayors Huang Kuo-jung (黃國榮, third left) and Wang Yu-min (王育敏, second left). Photo courtesy of Taichung City government.
Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕, third left) flanked by deputy mayors Huang Kuo-jung (黃國榮, third left) and Wang Yu-min (王育敏, second left). Photo courtesy of Taichung City government.

Tainan

Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲) takes the oath of office in a ceremony outside Tainan City Hall on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Tainan City government.
Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲) takes the oath of office in a ceremony outside Tainan City Hall on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Tainan City government.

Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-che -- whose government was sent reeling last week after the head of the city’s Economic Development Bureau was arrested on suspicion of corruption -- began his second term by signing a “clean government pledge” containing ethics and transparency commitments that will apply to him and members of his administration.

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁, left) reads the oath of office with Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) looking on at right. Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung City government.
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁, left) reads the oath of office with Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) looking on at right. Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung City government.
Chen bows to members of his administration after being inaugurated for a second term as mayor. Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung City government.
Chen bows to members of his administration after being inaugurated for a second term as mayor. Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung City government.

(By Matthew Mazzetta)

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