By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Cabinet Secretary-General Chen Ching-chun will take over as Taipei City’s third vice mayor on February 22, reports said Friday.
The appointment became necessary after the previous deputy, Chou Li-fang, resigned last month after holding the position less than one year. Chou, the only woman amid three vice mayors, had kept a low profile despite being in charge of issues related to the 2017 Summer Universiade.
Earlier in the week, Chen already met with Mayor Ko Wen-je and with other top city government officials, confirming reports of his planned appointment. On Friday, a city personnel official said Chen would start working next Monday, February 22.
Because of his background as a Democratic Progressive Party veteran, his appointment was expected to facilitate relations between the capital and the incoming administration of President-elect Tsai Ing-wen, who will be sworn in on May 20. [FULL STORY]