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Hsieh wants to fill Yin's position within a week


Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) hopes to fill the vacant vice economic affairs minister post within a week, an Executive Yuan spokesman said yesterday.

Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) said that in reviewing accountability for the recent water-supply problem in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan, the premier had expressed the hope of soliciting a water-supply expert to replace Yiin Chii-ming (尹啟銘), vice economic affairs minister who served as convener of the ministry's water resources screening committee and water resources coordination committee before being demoted on Wednesday over the Taoyuan water-supply problem.

After Typhoon Matsa battered Taiwan earlier this month, bringing strong winds and torrential rains, water supply in Taoyuan was disrupted because of the high turbidity in the Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫) -- the county's main water source. The water supply in the northern part of the county was not fully restored until Aug. 13.

Cho said the premier has talked with nearly 10 former officials, hydraulic-power academics and experts on how to solve the persistent water problems in Taoyuan County, although he has yet to inquire about their intention to serve as vice economic affairs minister.

Cho also said that during a regular weekly meeting with President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) on Thursday, the premier exchanged views with the president on how to promote hydraulic works, and that the president had given no instructions on who should fill the position left vacant by Yin.

The premier had recently pointed out that none of the three sitting vice economic affairs ministers are water experts, and that their "jobs might have to be adjusted."

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