President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is considering the choice of a new premier after his proposal to let the legislative majority form a new Cabinet was rejected by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), according to Presidential Office spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信).
Based on the principle of respecting the legislative majority, Ma is to consult with the DPP before announcing a new premier, Chen said.
Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) led his Cabinet members to resign en masse on Monday in the wake of the Jan. 16 presidential and legislative elections, which saw DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) win 56.12 percent of the vote to win the presidency and her party garner 68 seats in the 113-member legislature.
Mao has insisted on leaving the post, despite Ma’s hope that he would stay on until the president can persuade the DPP to form a new Cabinet. Mao has since taken leave, with his deputy, Simon Chang (張善政), acting on his behalf.
During a meeting with Presidential Office Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) on Saturday, former DPP secretary-general Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀) formally turned down on Tsai’s behalf Ma’s offer for the DPP to form a new Cabinet, Chen said.
The newly elected lawmakers are to be sworn in on Feb. 1, more than three months earlier than Tsai’s inauguration.
Swedish Member of Parliament Hampus Hagman is pushing for changing the name of the nation’s trade office in Taipei to signal improved relations with “Asia’s perhaps foremost democracy.” Hagman on Wednesday last week proposed renaming the Swedish Trade and Invest Council to “Sweden’s Office in Taipei,” following similar changes by other nations. The Swedish Trade and Invest Council, part of Business Sweden, is owned by the Swedish government and Swedish industry. Taiwan and Sweden share important values such as respect for democracy, human rights, the rule of law and freedom of speech, Hagman said in the motion, adding that the two nations
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