Jiang to replace Chen as premier: officials
By Enru Lin and Ann Yu ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) is set to replace Sean Chen as Taiwan's premier, according to media reports citing high-ranking officials.
February 1, 2013, 1:01 am TWN
The Presidential Office officials confirmed late yesterday that Jiang will be appointed as premier.
Current Transportation Minister Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) will be appointed vice premier, the officials said.
The premier tendered his resignation during a meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou, they said.
Chen will take up a post as a senior advisor to Ma, according to the officials.
At a dinner banquet with colleagues yesterday, Chen thanked those who had worked beside him in the past year and encouraged them to keep up the good work.
A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) official said yesterday that Chen has recently been gaining confidence in his role as premier, so his resignation may not be voluntary.
Last week, Executive Yuan section chiefs said that the Cabinet's situation is precarious, disclosed the DPP official on condition of anonymity.
No Official Confirmation on Cabinet Reshuffle
In a taped TVBS interview that aired last night, Jiang himself neither denied nor confirmed the media rumors.
It is up to Ma to shape his Cabinet, and Cabinet officials are always under the president's evaluation, Jiang had said.
“As a vice premier, my only duty is to make sure I take on the responsibilities of my post. Recently I've been wrapped up in reforms to make sure the annuity programs operate properly. I will not comment on any media rumors,” he said.
Earlier on Thursday, Ma announced that any Cabinet reshuffle will be announced to the public at the appropriate time.
A Presidential Office spokesman had also declined to comment on the rumors.
“The Presidential Office does not comment on any unofficial information,” said spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基).
This combo of file photos shows, clockwise from top left, Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺), Premier Sean Chen (陳冲), central bank Governor Perng Fai-Nan (彭淮南) and ...