Thu, Feb 07, 2013 - Page 1 News List

New Cabinet almost complete, old one to resign today

By Shih Hsiu-chuan, Mo Yan-chih and Chris Wang  /  Staff reporters

Financial Supervisory Commission Vice Chairwoman Lee Jih-chu (李紀珠) has also been named chairperson of the Chunghwa Post Co, leaving her position vacant.

Sean Chen’s resignation on health grounds was accepted by Ma on Jan. 28.

Jiang has spoken to each of the Cabinet officials who have been reappointed to thank them for their work over the past year and to say he hoped they would continue their efforts, the Executive Yuan’s statement yesterday said.

Meanwhile, a public opinion poll shows the public has been less than impressed with the new Cabinet nominations, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday, adding that the timing of the reshuffle was problematic.

The 11-day window between the resignation of Sean Chen’s Cabinet and the inauguration of the new Cabinet could leave the administration paralyzed during the Lunar New Year holiday and unable to deal with national affairs such as commodity price stability, transportation, food safety, national defense and public safety, DPP spokesperson Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) said.

Former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), who presided over the party’s Central Standing Committee yesterday in place of DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), who is in Japan, ordered the establishment of a task force to monitor domestic affairs during the holiday, Lin said after the meeting.

An opinion poll conducted by the party’s Public Opinion Survey Center found that 73 percent of respondents said they disliked the Presidential Office’s announcement of the Cabinet reshuffle with a late night press release, Lin said.

Almost half of those polled, or 48.4 percent, said they were not confident about Jiang’s performance, Lin said.

The poll showed a general lack of confidence in the new Cabinet and reflected doubt about the way the reshuffle was handled, Lin said.

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said she did not want to speculate how the new Cabinet would perform, but Ma’s personnel decisions were questionable.

“It seems to me that, when it comes to forming a Cabinet, Ma has always ignored the ratio between genders, the ratio of Cabinet members from northern and southern Taiwan, as well as the ratio of members of Taiwanese and mainlander descent,” Lu said in response to a reporter’s question.

On the government’s plan to promote the establishment of Taiwan and China’s representative offices on each other’s territory, Lin Chun-hsien said the DPP advocated a four-point principle.

“The mission of the offices should be clear and they should be reciprocal. Operation of the offices should be transparent and monitored by the Legislative Yuan and should be substantially beneficial to cross-strait exchanges,” he said.

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