Sat, Apr 17, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Premier asks deputy, secretary to stay

STAFF WRITER

Premier Yu Shyi-kun is hoping that Vice Premier Lin Hsin-i (林信義) and Executive Yuan Secretary-General Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳) will remain in their posts for the new Cabinet, Executive Yuan spokesman Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said yesterday.

He quoted the premier as saying that Lin Hsin-i, an executive at a motor company before being invited into the Cabinet, was a rare talent who would be difficult to replace.

The premier would also meet Liu today to try to persuade her to stay, he said.

He said that the Cabinet under these three leaders had operated smoothly, with Yu providing direction, Lin coordinating financial and economic affairs and Liu in charge of communications.

Asked if two other female Cabinet officials -- Council for Hakka Affairs Chairwoman Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) and Council of Labor Affairs Chairwoman Chen Chu (陳菊) -- would be promoted to vice premier posts to replace Lin, the spokesman said only that the premier would promote more female Cabinet members, giving them more power in the decision-making process.

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