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Reports of Cabinet reshuffle 'groundless': Presidential Office

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Media reports about an imminent Cabinet reshuffle to salvage the approval rating of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) administration is "groundless," the Presidential Office said Thursday.

"We have no such plans," Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said in response to reporters' questions on media reports that a Cabinet reshuffle, including a replacement of Premier Lin Chuan (林全), was in the works.

"The information is groundless," Huang said.

He said while various public opinion polls show differing views, it is clear that most people agree reforms are urgent and should be expedited.

The administration has made progress in its efforts to bring about such reforms, Huang said, adding that the teamwork has never been better.

According to the media reports, there has been controversy and public opposition to the government's policies over the past year, including its introduction of a five-day work week.

The Tsai administration has blamed the problem on unsatisfactory efforts by government ministers to explain its policies to the public, hence its decision in February to replace the ministers of labor, science, health and agriculture, according to the reports.

The reports said another Cabinet reshuffle can be expected in July, after Tsai marks her first anniversary in office on May 20.

One of Tsai's campaign promises was to vastly improve communications between the government and people of the country.

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