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CLA minister's resignation approved, deputy to be successor

Premier Sean Chen yesterday approved Labor Minister Wang Ju-hsuan's resignation, and named her deputy as the successor.

Chen told the press following a question-and-answer session at the Legislature that he had approved the resignation at noon, and had reported the situation to President Ma Ying-jeou.

He praised Wang for her devoted service and achievements during her four-plus years of leadership at the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA).

Chen described Deputy Labor Minister Pan Shih-wei as a suitable candidate to succeed Wang under such circumstances.

Cabinet spokesman Hu Yu-wei later disclosed that Pan has been named labor minister and the premier will ask President Ma to finalize the appointment.

Pan, who holds a Ph.D. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, has been vice president of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions' Asia Pacific Regional Organization and is an assistant professor of labor studies at Chinese Culture University.

Wang on Wednesday tendered her resignation after the Cabinet blocked her proposal for an increase in the minimum monthly wage.

Ma and Chen had tried to keep her in office, but she had been determined to leave.

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Premier Sean Chen, right, speaks as Deputy Labor Minister Pan Shih-wei, left, listens during a session at the Legislature, yesterday. Chen later approved Labor Minister Wang Ju-hsuan's resignation and named Pan as her successor. (CNA)

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