By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen made one of the most important announcements of the transition period leading up to the May 20 inauguration this week. She publicly confirmed the choice of former Finance Minister Lin Chuan as her premier.
The selection was never much of a surprise, and more of a confirmation of expectations. Lin spent the past presidential election campaign as one of Tsai’s closest advisers, and also headed the New Frontier Foundation, a think tank with close links to the Democratic Progressive Party.
The fact that the two have been cooperating closely was welcomed as a positive sign by the current holder of the position, Premier Simon Chang. General reactions to Lin’s selection were on the whole favorable, with the exception of some business leaders who see Lin as a supporter of higher taxes due to his stint as finance minister. [FULL STORY]