Date: Mar 22, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) plans to appoint former premier Frank
Hsieh (謝長廷) as the nation’s representative to Japan after she assumes office in May, a local news report said.
The decision was finalized last week after Hsieh accepted the position, the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported on its Web site late on Sunday.
Hsieh yesterday would not confirm the report, calling talk about his new job “a newspaper’s appointment.”
There has also been speculations about him accepting other assignments, Hsieh said.
Hsieh, who served as premier from 2005 to 2006 under the administration of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), would be the first former premier to serve as the nation’s representative to Japan, if he is selected for the job.
The 69-year-old’s long political career also included stints as a lawmaker and mayor of Kaohsiung. [FULL STORY]