Tseng Yung-chuan takes over as KMT secretary-general
Taipei, Sept. 27 (CNA)
Tseng Yung-chuan took over the post of secretary-general of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Thursday, replacing Lin Join-sane who has been appointed to head a semi-official organization.
Tseng, 65, vowed to work for the party’s success in the 2014 seven-in-one local elections, which include municipality chief elections.
Tseng, who was shifted from his job as Presidential Office secretary-general, said he will travel to every corner of Taiwan to "listen to the voices of the grassroots people.”
He vowed to insist on reforms and integrity in government, strengthen the platform of the party and the government, and reenergize the party by encouraging more talented people to stand as KMT candidates in elections.
President Ma Ying-jeou praised Tseng as a diligent, well-rounded individual who maintains a low-profile.
In light of Tseng’s 20-year experience in the legislature and his wide connections, he is very suitable to serve in his new post, Ma said.
Ma also said that he had presented Tseng with a gift of swimming gear at an office farewell party Wednesday.
Tseng learned to swim at the age of 60 and now swims 1,000 meters every morning, which shows perseverance, Ma said. Tseng replaces Lin, who is now chairman of Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation, a semi-official body that handles negotiations with China.
(By Lee Shu-hua and Lilian Wu)