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Cabinet gets new minister without portfolio

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Executive Yuan announced yesterday that Vice Secretary-General Chien Tai-lang (簡太郎) would replace Huang Kuang-nan (黃光男) as the new minister without portfolio, after Huang tendered his resignation to follow his “personal career development plan.”

According to an anonymous source, Chien, who previously stated his interest in running for Pingtung County magistrate as a member of the Kuomintang (KMT), will participate in the election while still holding his position as minister without portfolio.

According to an Executive Yuan press release, Chien is an experienced government official, having held the position of deputy minister of the interior before becoming serving as vice secretary-general.

In addition, the Cabinet said in a press release that Chien started off as a basic-level civil servant after passing the civil servant exam and was later elected to the now-defunct National Assembly. In addition, the Cabinet said that Chien was Premier Jiang Yi-huah's best assistant and helped Jiang handle all the Ministry of the Interior's (MOI) affairs when Jiang was head of the MOI.

In addition, the Executive Yuan said that Chien not only accompanied Jiang on visits to all the cities in Taiwan, but also took charge in establishing a team responsible for protecting national lands following the attention the documentary “Beyond Beauty” brought to environmental conservation issues.

When asked about the Cabinet reshuffle, Chien said that he appreciated Jiang's recognition and he will work hard in his new position, saying that the premier told him that he would be assigned to take over the position of minister without portfolio.

Chien said that he decided to accept the position because he felt that he is qualified for it.

“I will be in charge of affairs that I am familiar with, including supervising immigration, household registration, and land administration as minister without portfolio,” said Chien.

When asked about the Pingtung County magistrate election, Chien only said that Jiang did not mention anything about election.

Cabinet Spokeswoman to Leave Position to Host TV Show

In further a reshuffling of personnel the Executive Yuan announced yesterday that Cabinet spokeswoman Cheng Li-wen (鄭麗文) will resign from her position on Feb. 17, with Deputy Fair Trade Commissioner Sun Li-chun (孫立群) taking over the position.

Cheng said that she has been in discussions with a representative from a TV station regarding her hosting a TV show, and tendered her resignation to Jiang on Thursday after deciding to accept the position.

Other government officials changing position in the ongoing personnel reshuffle included Council of Labor Affairs Minister Pan Shih-wei (潘世偉), who will become the first minister of the newly formed Ministry of Labor.

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Council of Labor Affairs Minister Pan Shih-wei (潘世偉) delivers a speech at the Council of Labor Affairs earlier this week. Pan was assigned to be the first minister of the newly formed Ministry of Labor by the Executive Yuan. (CNA)

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