Tue, Feb 06, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Chen approves office reshuffle

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has approved a major reshuffle of the Presidential Office, a statement from the office announced late yesterday.

According to the statement, National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) will swap jobs with Presidential Office Secretary-General Mark Chen (陳唐山).

Hsueh Shih-ming (薛石民), director of the National Security Bureau (NSB), the nation's principal intelligence agency, will retire from that position. However, he has been tapped to become one of the three strategy advisers to the president.

Hsueh will be replaced by bureau Deputy Director Shi Hwei-yow (許惠祐).

Shi previously served as head of the Coast Guard Administration and secretary-general of the Strait Exchange Foundation, a semi-official organization that helps mediate cross-strait exchanges along with its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Strait.

The Presidential Office said that the appointments would take effect tomorrow.

No reason was given for the reshuffle.

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