Cabinet announces more names, finalizes reshuffle (update)

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) The Executive Yuan announced more moves Wednesday in a Cabinet reshuffle led by Premier-designate Jiang Yi-huah, saying that the heads of ministries and councils have been finalized and that the new Cabinet will take office Feb. 18. Among the moves, Deputy Interior Minister Chien Tai-lang will become Cabinet deputy secretary-general, and his position will be filled by Taichung Deputy Mayor Hsiao Chia-chi, the Cabinet said in a statement. Chien has many years of experience in the public sector, the statement said. He also worked with Jiang in the Ministry of the Interior when Jiang served as interior minister before being promoted to vice premier. Jiang, incumbent vice premier, has described Chien as "the Interior Ministry's walking dictionary" to laud his familiarity with ministry affairs and interactions with other government agencies, the statement said. Chen Chwen-jing, the deputy head of the Public Construction Commission, will succeed Yeh Kuang-shih as deputy transportation minister and Presidential Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi will take over as deputy minister of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, the statement said. Fan Chiang's position will be filled by Garfie Li, incumbent deputy chairwoman of the ruling Kuomintang's Culture and Communications Committee, the Presidential Office confirmed. The Cabinet has undergone a major reshuffle after Premier Sean Chen decided in January to resign. He will be replaced by Jiang, while Jiang's post is set to be filled by Transportation Minister Mao Chi-kuo. Mao's deputy, Yeh Kuang-shih, will be promoted to head the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. For the Cabinet's two top economics posts, China Airlines Chairman Chang Chia-juch is set to replace Shih Yen-hsiang as economics minister, and Minister-without-Portfolio Kuan Chung-ming has been tapped to head the Council for Economic Planning and Development. Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Wei-jen has been named as Executive Yuan secretary-general. Premier Sean Chen is scheduled to lead his Cabinet in an en masse resignation Thursday. After President Ma Ying-jeou approves Chen's resignation, he will formally appoint Jiang as the new premier, government sources said. (By Elaine Hou and Lee Shu-hua)