By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taoyuan Deputy Mayor Chiu Tai-san on Sunday confirmed that President-elect Tsai Ing-wen had urged him to join her Cabinet, saying his attitude is “If the president needs me, of course, I will do my best.”
Sunday’s media reports said Tsai had tapped former minister of finance Lin Chuan on Saturday to be premier in her incoming administration after the power transition on May 20. Media reports said the appointment will be announced later this week.
Media also reported that the first wave of appointments had been made, with Chiu being tapped to be minister of justice, former Pingtung County Commissioner Tsao Chi-hung to head the Council of Agriculture, former Council for Economic Planning and Development vice chairman Chang Ching-sen and National Taiwan University Professor Lin Wan-yi to be ministers without portfolio.
Chiu will resign as Taoyuan deputy mayor at the end of the month to join Tsai’s team.
Chiu confirmed to a reporter on Sunday during an interview that Tsai met with him on Saturday and urged him to take the post of minister of justice. [SOURCE]