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Executive Yuan finalizes reshuffle

TAIPEI -- The Executive Yuan announced more moves yesterday in a Cabinet reshuffle led by Premier-designate Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺), saying that the heads of ministries and councils have been finalized and that the new Cabinet will take office Feb. 18.

Among the moves, Deputy Interior Minister Chien Tai-lang (簡太郎) will become Cabinet deputy secretary-general, and his position will be filled by Taichung Deputy Mayor Hsiao Chia-chi (蕭家淇), the Cabinet said in a statement.

Chien has many years of experience in the public sector, the statement said. He also worked with Jiang in the Ministry of the Interior when Jiang served as interior minister before being promoted to vice premier.

Jiang, incumbent vice premier, has described Chien as “the Interior Ministry's walking dictionary” to laud his familiarity with ministry affairs and interactions with other government agencies, the statement said.

Chen Chwen-jing (陳純敬), the deputy head of the Public Construction Commission, will succeed Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) as deputy transportation minister and Presidential Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基) will take over as deputy minister of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, the statement said.

Fan Chiang's position will be filled by Garfie Li (李佳霏), incumbent deputy chairwoman of the ruling Kuomintang's Culture and Communications Committee, the Presidential Office confirmed.

The Cabinet has undergone a major reshuffle after Premier Sean Chen decided in January to resign. He will be replaced by Jiang, while Jiang's post is set to be filled by Transportation Minister Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國).

Mao's deputy, Yeh Kuang-shih, will be promoted to head the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

For the Cabinet's two top economics posts, China Airlines Chairman Chang Chia-juch (張家祝) is set to replace Shih Yen-hsiang (施顏祥) as economics minister, and Minister without Portfolio Kuan Chung-ming (管仲閔) has been tapped to head the Council for Economic Planning and Development.

Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Wei-jen (陳威仁) has been named as Executive Yuan secretary-general.

Premier Sean Chen is scheduled to lead his Cabinet in an en masse resignation Thursday. After President Ma Ying-jeou approves Chen's resignation, he will formally appoint Jiang as the new premier, government sources said.

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Taichung Deputy Mayor Hsiao Chia-chi (蕭家淇) is seen in this photo taken in Taichung, yesterday. Hsiao said he is sad to be leaving the Taichung City Government where he has served for 20 years. (CNA)

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