Wed, Jun 09, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Chen swears in Wu, other new top officials

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By Lin Chieh-yu  /  STAFF REPORTER

President Chen Shui-bian shakes hands with Examination Yuan Vice President Wu Rong-ming at the Presidential Office yesterday morning during a ceremony installing new officials.

PHOTO: CNA

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday swore in a group of new senior officials, including many younger-generation members of his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Led by Examination Yuan Vice President Wu Rong-ming (吳容明), whose nomination was approved by the Legislative Yuan last Friday, the new officials pledged to dedicate themselves to serving the country.

Tsai Ming-hsien (蔡明憲), former deputy representative to the US and former DPP legislator, was installed as Vice National Defense Minister.

Vice Labor Affairs Council Chairman Lai Ching-lin (賴勁麟), a former DPP legislator, said that although many supporters expected him to run in the year-end legislative elections, he will give this opportunity to the younger generation.

Wu Chin-fa (吳錦發), a journalist who has long served as a presidential consultant, was sworn in as vice chairman of the Council for Cultural Affairs.

Former Keelung City mayor and DPP deputy secretary general Lee Chin-yung (李進勇) is the new vice interior minister.

Lin Chia-cheng (林嘉誠), former chairman of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, is the new Minister of Examination (考選部) for the Examination Yuan.

"My experiences were to plan government system reforms and to coordinate all Cabinet departments in drafting new policies. Now I am willing to contribute to the re-engineering of national examination mechanisms," said Lin.

Former DPP legislator and farmer's rights activist Tai Chen-yao (戴振耀) became Council of Agriculture vice chairman.

Chen Chun-lin (陳俊麟), DPP public survey center chief and the DPP chairman's assistant, is the new vice chairman of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission.

Responding to a question about the president's remark on Monday that his purpose in nominating Wu was to test whether the opposition alliance would dare to oppose the nomination at the Legislative Yuan, Wu Rong-ming said that his job should be executed impartially and transcend any particular party's interest.

"I will serve my duty and not be affected by any political party or person," Wu said.

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