William Lai appointed premier

The China Post
Date: September 5, 2017
By: The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — After months of rumor about his appointment as premier, Tainan

Tainan Mayor William Lai was officially named as the next premier by President Tsai Ing-wen Tuesday.

Mayor William Lai was officially named for the post by President Tsai Ing-wen Tuesday.

The announcement was made by Tsai at a press conference at the Presidential Office. Lai will take over Lin Chuan – both of whom were present at the event — as the head of the Executive Yuan on Thursday.

Tsai counted the accomplishments of the outgoing premier and praised him as a man of character who is willing to sacrifice for reform.

Lin, relaxed and smiling, said he felt he was attending his own “graduation ceremony”. He thanked Lai for accepting “this heavy burden”.

Lin said he started convincing the Tainan mayor to take his job as early as June. Local media reported in July that Lai would replace Lin on early Sept. The Executive Yuan and the Presidential Office refuted the reports as groundless rumors at the time and stressed that there had been no plans for Cabinet reshuffle.    [FULL  STORY

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