Cabinet reshuffle likely after bill’s passage: sources

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 28, 2017
By: Chung Li-hua / Staff reporter

Minister of the Interior Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) and National Development Council Minister Chen Tain-jy (陳添枝) are to be replaced in a minor Cabinet reshuffle that could take place after Thursday, when the budget bill for the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program is expected to be passed, sources said yesterday.

The reshuffle would affect finance-related functions, as Acting Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) is to be promoted to a regular minister, Yeh and Chen are to be replaced and a new minister without portfolio is to replace Minister of Labor Lin Mei-chu (林美珠), who was tapped to lead the ministry in February, the sources said.

The reshuffle is likely to be announced after the passage of the budget bill, but before the start of the next legislative session on Sept. 22, they added.

Former minister of economic affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光) resigned following the nationwide power outages on Aug. 15 and Shen, who was appointed acting minister, would formally hold the office with support from National Policy Advisor to the President Ho Mei-yueh (何美玥), sources said.    [FULL  STORY]

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