Su thanks the president for her support

Premier Su Tseng-chang said earlier that day that President Tsai Ing-wen gave him full authority to select and be responsible for his Cabinet lineup, and he thanked the president for her confidence in him. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said on Jan. 14 that he was able to assemble his Cabinet in just two days because President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) trusted him to make all personnel arrangements.

At the first Cabinet meeting after he took office earlier in the day, Su said Tsai gave him full authority to select and be responsible for his Cabinet lineup, and he thanked the president for her confidence in him.

The president also told him the authority and responsibility for making and promoting policy were entirely his, according to Su.

Tsai did not question him about any of his picks nor did he have to submit a list of his Cabinet members to the president, Su said.

“The decisions were completely made by me,” he said, adding that now that the Cabinet has been formed, he will ask all members to be jointly responsible and work for the policies formulated by the Cabinet.

Su was sworn into office earlier Monday, replacing his predecessor Lai Ching-te (賴清德), who led his Cabinet in resigning en masse on Jan. 11 to take responsibility for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s defeat in November’s elections for local government offices.

By Ku Chuan, Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao