President Tsai to announce new Presidential Office secretary-general

Chen Chu (陳菊)/CNA file photo

Taipei, April 8 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will hold a press conference on April 11 to announce the appointment of Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) as the new Presidential Office secretary-general, the Presidential Office said Sunday.

The move will fill the position left vacant by Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), who became foreign minister in a cabinet reshuffle in late February, said Presidential Office spokesman Sydney Lin (林鶴明).

According to an unnamed senior official, Chen is expected to assume the post after President Tsai returns from a five-day trip to the Kingdom of Swaziland, one of Taiwan’s two diplomatic allies in Africa, from April 17-21.

In a statement earlier Sunday, the Kaohsiung mayor confirmed that she has accepted the new position, noting that she will assist President Tsai in her push to promote government reform.

Meanwhile, Chen thanked the people of Kaohsiung for their many years of support, saying that she will continue to do everything she can to help the city achieve urban and industrial transformation.

(By Lu Hsin-hui, Wang Shu-fen and Ko Lin)