The 57-year-old King served as Taipei deputy mayor from 2004 to 2006, when Ma was the city’s mayor.
In 2009, King was appointed secretary-general of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), of which Ma is chairman, one year after the latter was first elected into office in 2008.
He later served as executive director of Ma’s campaign office when the president was seeking re-election in 2012.
With about two years left in Ma’s second term, it remains uncertain whether King will live up to the high expectations of him and be able to accomplish the mission bestowed upon him by Ma.
Only one thing is certain — that King’s power to do whatever pleases him is unusual in a nation where Cabinet members are replaced as often as bedsheets.
Translated by staff writer Stacy Hsu