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Wu Jin-lin nominated as head of Examination Yuan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Wu Jin-lin, the vice president of the Examination Yuan, has been nominated to replace John Kuan as president of the body, the Presidential Office announced Wednesday.

Nominated to fill Wu's post was Kao Yung-kuang, one of the 19 ministers without portfolio currently serving in the Examination Yuan — the government institution responsible for screening, training and managing the country's civil servants.

The Presidential Office statement also listed the new nominees for the minister-without-portfolio position, with nine of the nominees incumbents and 10 of them new faces. Eight of the 19 are women.

The 67-year-old Wu, an experienced public official, is known to be a tactful personnel manager and a good coordinator.

If confirmed by the legislature, Wu and the other nominees will take office after Aug. 31, when the six-year terms of the current president and ministers of the Examination Yuan expire.

Local media speculated yesterday that Chang Po-ya, chairwoman of the Central Election Commission, would be nominated to head the Control Yuan, the nation's top supervisory agency. If she is nominated by President Ma Ying-jeou and confirmed by the Legislative Yuan, Chang will be the first woman to head a yuan in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Vice President Wu Den-yih said Wednesday that gender balance was one of the key considerations in the recent nomination of new members of the Examination Yuan, one of Taiwan's six top government branches.

President Ma has nominated 21 people to replace the Examination Yuan's president, vice president and 19 ministers without portfolio as the incumbents are about to conclude their six-year term.

Eight of the 19 nominees for ministers without portfolio are women, compared with five at present, which means the percentage of females in that post will double to nearly 50 percent, the vice president said.

“The nominations demonstrate the president's resolve to encourage women to play a greater role in politics,” he said at a press conference at which the Examination Yuan nominees were announced.

In addition, all the nominees hold either a doctoral or master's degree and are professionals in fields ranging from administration, law, politics, land administration, finance and information to health care, social culture, education and nutrition, he said.

The average age of the nominees for ministers without portfolio is 60.15 years, with the oldest being 65 and the youngest 54, according to the vice president.

The independent power of the Examination Yuan is a unique feature of the Republic of China's political system.

Under the R.O.C. Constitution, it governs the qualification screening, protection, survivor relief, and retirement of civil servants, as well as legal matters concerning their employment, discharge, performance evaluation, pay grade, promotion, transfer and commendation.

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Vice President Wu Den-yih, right, introduces Wu Jin-lin, center, who is nominated to be the next Examination Yuan president, and Kao Yung-kuang, nominated to replace Wu Jin-lin, in Taipei, yesterday. (CNA)

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