Premier: Ability the only consideration in new Cabinet picks

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-02-04

Premier Lin Chuan says that the government’s new picks for Cabinet-level positions have all been

Premier Lin Chuan (center) (CNA file photo)

chosen on the basis of their ability.

The premier was speaking Saturday in response to criticism over the appointment of Lin Mei-chu to the position of labor minister. She currently serves as a minister without portfolio and as head of the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission.

The move comes amid a Cabinet reshuffle that will also see the ministers for labor, health, and science replaced. But her appointment as labor minister has proven controversial because she is President Tsai Ing-wen’s cousin.

The premier said that all of the new Cabinet picks were chosen because of their ability to perform, and that no other factors were involved in their selection.    [FULL  STORY]

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