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Civilian named as new defense minister (update)

Civilian named as new defense minister (update)

Taipei, July 29 (CNA) Vice Defense Minister Andrew Yang has been selected to serve as Taiwan's new defense minister, the Executive Yuan said Monday. Yang, the first civilian to be named as minister of national defense in President Ma Ying-jeou's administration, will replace Kao Hua-chu, who has offered to resign over the death of an Army corporal earlier this month.
The replacement is part of a partial Cabinet reshuffle that will be announced by Premier Jiang Yi-huah at a news conference at 2:30 p.m., the Executive Yuan said.
In the reshuffle, incumbent Vice Finance Minister Tseng Ming-chung will replace Chen Yuh-chang as chairman of the Financial Supervisory Commission.
Meanwhile, Navy Commander Adm. Tung Hsiang-lung will succeed Tseng Jin-ling as new head of the Veterans Affairs Commission, while Lin Chiang-yi, deputy head of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, will take over the helm of the council.
Yan Jeou-rong, deputy head of the Public Construction Commission, will be moved into the top position in an acting capacity, and Steven Chen, a minister-without- portfolio, will head the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission. Joyce Feng, a National Taiwan University professor, will be named a minister-without-portfolio.
(By Claudia Liu and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 18:49 GMT+08:00