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Military leadership to be reshuffled shortly

CNA , TAIPEI

The military's leadership will undergo a major reshuffle in the near future, with the replacement of all of the top commanders of the three branches of the armed forces, reports said on Thursday.

Commenting on the reports, Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesman Liu Chih-chien (劉志堅) said yesterday that the ministry is still working on its personnel changes and will unveil the new line-up after the reshuffle gets the approval of top authorities.

According to the reports, General Hu Chen-pu (胡鎮埔), who is currently director of the MND's Political Warfare Bureau, will be promoted to the post of army commander-in-chief.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief of the General Staff Admiral Lin Chen-yi (林鎮夷) will be the new navy commander-in-chief and Air Force Deputy Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant General Shen Kuo-chen (沈國禎) will be promoted to the rank of general and take over the post of air force commander-in-chief.

The current chiefs of the three military branches -- Army Commander-in-Chief General Chu Kai-sheng (朱凱生), Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Chen Pang-chih (陳邦治) and Air Force Commander-in-Chief General Liu Kuei-li (劉貴立) -- will be transferred to serve as strategy advisers to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).

The report also said that Lieutenant General Wu Ta-peng (吳達澎), current Kinmen Defense Command commander, will become the new director of the MND's Political Warfare Bureau.

The president promoted 44 military officers to the rank of either major or lieutenant general at the beginning of this year.

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