Taiwan premier readies for Tsai Ing-wen’s 2nd term in office

President Tsai Ing-wen praised Premier Su Tseng-chang on Friday for skillfully steering government efforts over the past few months

President Tsai Ing-wen, left, reacts during a press conference at the Presidential Office. (CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reappointed Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Friday ahead of the Presidential inaugural ceremony slated on May 20.

Su became the head of the Executive Yuan on Jan. 14, 2019 after the resignation of Lai Ching-te (賴清德) who has since been elected vice-president of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Speaking at a press conference, the president praised Su for skillfully steering government efforts to prevent the introduction of African swine fever into Taiwan and legalizing marriage for same-sex couples over the past year.

The premier also strengthened the scrappage premium scheme for replacing old vehicles and encouraged the relocation of investment by Taiwanese companies from mainland China amid the U.S.-China trade war, she added.

She further credited the premier for implementing the National Ten-year Long-term Care Plan 2.0, an initiative to strengthen local networks for the elderly and disabled.

The premier has also been involved with other members of the government in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, President Tsai continued.

Su Tseng-chang thanked the president for her support and for the opportunity to continue serving the Taiwanese people. All his life, he said, his goal has been to help raise Taiwan’s profile on the world stage and strengthen its international recognition.

Born in 1947, Su Tseng Chang was chief of the Pingtung District in southern Taiwan from 1989 to 1993 and then chief of Taipei County (now called New Taipei Municipality) from 1997 to 2004.

He first served as Prime Minister from January 2006 to May 2007, under the chairmanship of Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). President of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from February to December 2005 and from May 2012 to May 2014, he was the party’s 2018 candidate for mayor of New Taipei.

More than 8.1 million Taiwanese voters cast their ballots for President Tsai Ing-wen on 11 January for a second four-year term alongside her DPP running mate Lai Ching-te. Their inauguration will take place on 20 May in a manner that is tailored to the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic.