The China Post
Date: Jan. 12, 201917
TAIPEI (The China Post ) – Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) stepped down on June 11 in a day-long “marathon” that started at the Presidential Office with the transfer of his duties to his successor, Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), and ended with the year-end banquet of the Cabinet members in the evening.
While Lai will be able to enjoy some relief for now until his next projects start; there is a stark difference between him and Su, who is believed to face even more pressure than what his predecessor had to burden.
Announcing his resignation in response to the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) defeat in the Nov. 24 election, Lai enjoyed wider support among the public from the start, compared to Su, a veteran politician, who nonetheless welcomed his nomination with a large smile.
Lai demonstrated his friendship during yesterday’s ceremony. He applauded his successor, calling him a “terminator” before saying in Taiwanese that Su makes every decision based on his sense of duty rather than his personal benefits or past practices. He is confident in Su’s abilities and commitment, he said. [FULL STORY]