The Cabinet, led by Premier and vice president-elect Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), will resign en masse on Jan. 31 before the Eighth Legislature takes its oath of office on Feb. 1, Executive Yuan spokesman Philip Yang (楊永明) said yesterday.
“In accordance with regulations and conventions, the Executive Yuan will call a special Cabinet meeting on Jan. 31 to approve its mass resignation,” Yang told a press conference held following the weekly Cabinet meeting.
Yang said he had no information on who would be appointed premier by the president.
At the Cabinet meeting, Wu instructed the Central Election Commission (CEC) and the Ministry of the Interior to find ways to prevent a recurrence of the problems in Saturday’s elections, in which more than 13,000 servicemen on duty on Election Day were -unable to cast their ballots, while residents of outlying islands failed to vote because airports on the islands were shrouded in fog.
Meanwhile, Construction and Planning Agency -Director--General Yeh Shih-wen (葉世文) briefed the Cabinet on the progress of two low-cost housing projects in -Fujhou Borough (浮州), Banciao District (板橋), new Taipei City (新北市), and near a planned mass rapid transit (MRT) station in New Taipei City’s Linkou District (林口).
The Banciao project, which comprises 4,480 residential units, is scheduled to be completed by 2015; the Linkou project, which consists of 3,960 units, is scheduled for completion in 2014.
Out of a total of 8,249 applications received to purchase the houses, 5,673, or 69 percent, were filed by Taipei residents, while 2,262, or 27 percent, came from New Taipei City residents, Yeh said.