Su Tseng-chang appointed as Taiwan PM

Written by Newsroom Staff January 11, 2019 15:30
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen appointed a new Prime Minister on Friday following the resignation of the incumbent over the recent electoral setback suffered by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen appointed a new Prime Minister on Friday following the resignation of the incumbent over the recent electoral setback suffered by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

New Delhi: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has appointed Su Tseng-chang as Prime Minister on Thursday, during a Cabinet reshuffle following the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s heavy losses in local elections.

Su is a former premier appointed in 2006 by then-President Chen Shui-bian and was a chairman of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party for two terms.

His appointment follows the widely-expected resignation of William Lai, the second premier to quit since Tsai took office in 2016.

Experts believe Su could help garner support for Tsai within the party and boost her chances of re-election in 2020.

He was appointed Prime Minister in 2006 by then President Chen Shui-bian but resigned in 2007 to contest the 2008 presidential elections, which he lost to Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang Party.

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