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Cabinet reshuffle in Taiwan: Stability instead of a new beginning

Outgoing Premier Su Tseng-chang (l.) handed over the reins of government to his successor, former Vice President Chen Chien-jen (r.), on Tuesday.

Following the poor results of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the local elections at the end of November, besides resigning from the post of party chair, the pressure on President Tsai Ing-wen to make a fresh start with Taiwan’s new cabinet had been growing. After all, it is a tradition in Taiwan that the government takes political responsibility and the cabinet resigns after election defeats. On Friday, Tsai already presented former Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) as the new Premier. Chen is a renowned epidemiologist, professed Catholic and close confidant of the president. The style of his new cabinet shall be “warm and persistent”, the premier-designate said on Friday. Chen follows Tsai’s political line and keeps the majority of the members of the previous government in office.

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