Cabinet resigns ahead of Ma’s inauguration
The ROC Cabinet, headed by Premier Sean C. Chen, resigned en masse May 10 in a routine move prior to President Ma Ying-jeou’s inauguration for a second term.
Ma, who was re-elected in January, will be sworn in May 20 along with the new Cabinet.
“The president has stressed many times that his second term started after the election,” the Executive Yuan said in a news release. “Over the next four years the administration’s team will continue working to create the best conditions for the nation and its people.”
Chen said there would be a slight reshuffle in the Cabinet lineup as a few officials return to their university teaching posts, adding that he would make an announcement to the public after discussing the matter with Ma.
“I thank Cabinet members for their contributions since taking office Feb. 6,” Chen said. “We still have a lot of work ahead of us after May 20.”
According to Chen, the most important issue facing Taiwan now is adjustments to its industrial structure. “The government has actively promoted service-oriented manufacturing, internationalization of service industries and specialization of traditional industries to improve Taiwan’s economy and create more job opportunities.
“Although concerns have been raised about some policies, all our decisions were made after consideration of the nation’s long-term interests, sustainable development and social justice,” he said. “They are reforms that must be implemented to ensure public health, protect the disadvantaged and reduce the impact on people’s livelihood.” (THN)