Lai’s Cabinet reshuffle Ahead of Elections

The Cabinet carried out a partial reshuffle that involved five ministries.

By Joon Kim

TAIPEI-As rumours continued to swirl on an imminent Cabinet reshuffle, the Executive Yuan has designated and confirmed its nominees in a second wave of Cabinet reshuffles this year, after the first occurred in February.

The official Cabinet transfers were announced by current Premier William Lai(賴清德), in a press conference within the agency on Thursday, 12 of July, which a few minutes after 10:45 AM. The conference began with a brief introduction by former Executive Yuan spokesperson Hsu Kuo-Yung(徐國勇), who was also a leading nominee for the Minister of the Interior.

The transfers for next Monday, said Mr. Lai, would include the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Finance.

Premier William Lai has announced five new minister for the Cabinet.

Here is a list of the transferees: Yeh Jiunn-rong(葉俊榮), as Minister of Education; Hsu Kuo-yung(徐國勇), as Minister of the Interior; Wu Hong-mo(吳宏謀), as Minister of Transportation and Communications; Tsai Ching-Hsiang, as Minister of Justice; and Su Jian-rong(蘇建榮), as Minister of Finance. Also, the new Executive Yuan spokesperson will be Kolas Yotak(谷辣斯.尤達卡), a legislator representing Taiwan’s Indigenous People; and Chen Chi-nan (陳其南), former chief of the Council of Cultural Affairs, is to head the National Palace Museum. Specifically, Yeh Jiunn-rong will be the third Minister of Education since NTU Presidential Kuan Chung-Ming(管中閔)appointment controversy.

Some political Experts have said that the Cabinet reshuffle is to give an early opportunity for the successors “to consider the elections at the end of this year.” The nationwide local elections for Nov. 24, are slated to rekindle monthly satisfaction rates in the opinion polls of the Tsai administration, and to win Taiwanese favor of Ms. Tsai’s pro-independence policy against China.

If the Democratic Progressive Party could secure a defeat in November, it would be considered “an endorsement of Tsai’s China policy,” says Yoshiyuki Ogasawara, an associate professor of foreign studies at Tokyo University. Their loss, however, could supersede with “mounting pressure” among Taiwanese citizens, to alter Ms. Tsai’s stance on her current policies.