ANALYSIS: Lin’s departure aimed at midterm polls

ELECTIONS:The chairman of the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation said the public has been critical of most of the major policies that Lin Chuan introduced

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 06, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter

The resignation of Premier Lin Chuan (林全) on Monday and the appointment of Tainan

President Tsai Ing-wen, center, holds hands with Premier Lin Chuan, left, and Tainan Mayor William Lai at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday after announcing that Lai would succeed Lin as premier on Friday.  Photo: Johnson Lai, AP

Mayor William Lai (賴清德) to replace him followed steadily declining approval ratings for the government and was clearly aimed at leading the administration through the midterm elections next year.

The approval rating for Lin’s Cabinet was as low as 28.7 percent in a survey by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation released on Aug. 16, while 59.7 percent of the respondents disapproved of the Cabinet’s performance.

Tsai’s approval rating also fell last month to 29.8 percent, her lowest in the foundation’s polls since she took office in May last year. Lin’s resignation was no surprise after months of speculation as the main function of his Cabinet was widely understood to be to lead the administration through a transitional period and introduce reform policies that were sure to provoke heated opposition.    [FULL  STORY]

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