By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The impact of the January 16 political earthquake is still letting itself be felt, with the replacement of the premier and the confusion surrounding the Kuomintang’s choice of a new chairperson who will have to function as leader of the opposition.
As the new Legislative Yuan prepares to take office on February 1, most of the attention is still focusing on its scores of relatively unknown newcomers, with guards learning to know the new faces that are allowed inside to work.
Once it is clear who will be the new speaker and deputy speaker, the work will have to begin in earnest, even though a period of uncertainty is still likely until President-elect Tsai Ing-wen and her Cabinet are sworn in on May 20.
Once that hurdle has been cleared, the new administration will have a ream of reform plans to turn into reality. The hopes of the public have been as high as the disappointment with the eight years of President Ma Ying-jeou’s administration, which brought everything from rock-bottom economic growth to a widening gap between rich and poor. [FULL STORY]