Date
13 December 2017
John Deng has been named Taiwan's economics minister. Photo: Focus Taiwan
John Deng has been named Taiwan's economics minister. Photo: Focus Taiwan

Most Taiwanese cabinet ministers reappointed

Taiwan put most of its cabinet ministers back to work in a minimal government reshuffle on Friday following local elections last weekend that trounced the ruling party, Reuters reported.

The Executive Yuan announced the new line up of ministers under Premier Mao Chi-kuo, who was named Wednesday to replace Jiang Yi-huah, who quit after the elections. Mao was previously Taiwan’s vice-premier.

The ministers for key portfolios, including finance, defence and China policy, were unchanged.

John Deng Chen-chung is the new economics minister. He was formerly a minister without portfolio under the Executive Yuan. Woody Duh Tyzz-jiun, whom he replaces, is now a minister without portfolio.

Jiang resigned on Saturday, followed shortly afterwards by the entire cabinet, after the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), struggling to convince voters of the benefits of deeper ties with China, lost key posts in local elections islandwide.

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