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Defense chief exits in Cabinet reshuffle

Cabinet Reshuffle

Joyce Feng (馮燕), a professor at National University's Department of Social Work, will become a minister without portfolio and supervise the work of social welfare operations. She will replace Steven Chen (陳士魁), who will take the reigns as minister of the Overseas Community Affairs Council.

Navy Commander Tung Hsiang-lung (董翔龍) will succeed Tseng Jin-ling (曾金陵) as the head of the Veterans Affairs Commission.

The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) will be headed by the current Political Deputy Minister of Ministry of Finance Tseng Ming-Chung (曾銘宗), while the Council of Indigenous Peoples will be headed by current Deputy Minister Lin Chiang-Yi (林江義).

Deputy Minister Yan Jeou-Rong (顏久榮) of the Public Construction Commission will step up as minister, replacing chief Chen Cheng-chuan (陳政川), who will return to his previous career in academia.

There is speculation that Tseng — the new minister of the FSC, who is succeeding current Minister Chen Yu-chang (陳裕璋) — was appointed due to his relatively innovative ideas and nimbleness on local financial trade issues.

Although Chen Yu-chang has been a highly visible and influential part of the Ma administration, reports have claimed that his conservative position regarding Taiwan trade and finance issues have drawn complaints from corporate leaders, which led to his resignation.

Presidential Office spokeswoman Lee Chia-fei (李佳霏) said that the decisions were made after discussions between Jiang and Ma.

"Some ministers were originally professors from universities and their scheduled periods of government service have ended," Jiang said.

"Others were appointed for specific missions, which also have been completed.

"The Cabinet hopes that this reshuffle will result in a team of Cabinet members that can better serve the country and enhance public welfare."

According to Cabinet officials, the reshuffle, which involves seven Cabinet posts, will take effect on Aug. 1.

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