Wed, May 12, 2004 - Page 1 News List

Su Tseng-chang to take Presidential Office reins

By Lin Chieh-yu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei County Commissioner Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) will succeed Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) as secretary-general of the Presidential Office, according to an aide to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).

The source said Chiou will replace Kang Ning-hsiang (康寧祥) as secretary-general of the National Security Council, while Kang will become a senior adviser to the president.

The source told the Taipei Times yesterday that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Parris Chang (張旭成) will be invited to serve as NSC deputy secretary-general, while DPP Legislator Chen Chung-hsin (陳忠信), who is also the head of the DPP's Mainland Affairs Department, will be a senior adviser to the NSC.

"The entire arrangement was finalized on Monday night," the aide said.

"Su, who was the DPP's campaign manager for the presidential election, has demonstrated extraordinary achievements as a local government head as well as displayed talent in party affairs; therefore, the president wants to promote Su," the aide said.

Su and Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) are seen as strong contenders to represent the DPP in the 2008 presidential election.

The president also invited DPP Legislator Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) to replace Chen Che-nan (陳哲男) as deputy secretary-general of the Presidential Office.

"Due to the Cabinet reshuffle and the reorganization of Presidential Office personnel, the president asked Chiou, Chen's right-hand man and the DPP's top strategist, to return to the NSC to coordinate these new ministers and high-ranking officials on cross-strait issues and foreign affairs," the aide said.

According to the source, Chang will succeed Antonio Chiang (江春男) as NSC deputy secretary-general, while Chiang may be appointed as an ambassador.

Another Presidential Office deputy secretary-general, Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), has already been appointed to serve as chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, but who will take over Wu's old post has not been decided.

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