Fri, Jul 14, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: High-level vacancy filled

Former Cabinet secretary-general Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳) was appointed Presidential Office deputy secretary-general yesterday, making her the first woman ever to hold the position. Liu, 47, will take over the position left vacant by Ma Yung-cheng (馬永成) on Sunday. Ma resigned on June 1 following President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) curtailment of his responsibilities. Liu, who holds a master's degree in environmental engineering from Oklahoma University, served as the director of the Bureau of Environmental Protection at the Taipei City Government when Chen was the city mayor. She later took up the post of deputy commissioner of Taichung County and then Cabinet secretary-general in July 2002, when she was 43. Liu was the youngest-ever Cabinet secretary-general and the first woman to hold the position.

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