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KMT reshuffles think tank

Board includes KMT chairman's brother-in-law

KMT reshuffles think tank

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Kuomintang announced the new board of its main think tank Tuesday, largely relying on former Cabinet members and including a brother-in-law of Chairman Eric Liluan Chu.
After taking office as the ruling party’s new leader last January 19, Chu promised a shakeup for the National Policy Foundation, a think tank previously managed by party officials with close links to former Vice President Lien Chan.
The group chose its new board of directors Tuesday, with Chu serving as chairman and former Economics Minister Yiin Chii-ming as its president.
KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin and outgoing Presidential Office Secretary-General Timothy Yang would serve as the foundation’s vice chairmen, the group said in a news release.
The board saw several former Cabinet ministers appointed, including former Straits Exchange Foundation Secretary-General Kao Koong-lian, former Council for Economic Planning and Development chief Tsai Hsun-hsiung, former Minister without Portfolio Chu Yun-peng and former Cabinet spokesman Johnny Chiang, now a legislator.
The most noted of the new board members was Kao Su-po, who once served as lawmaker and as head of the government’s Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission. However, he is also known as the brother of Chu’s wife, and as the son of Kao Yu-jen, in the 1990s one of Taiwan’s and the KMT’s most prominent lawmakers.
KMT Vice Chairwoman Huang Min-hui, KMT Secretary-General Lee Shih-chuan, senior lawmaker Lai Shyh-bao and prominent academic Bertrand Tsai were also elected members of the board, with Tsai serving as resident board member. Lee was appointed as secretary-general by Chu and came under fire from some quarters last week for promising a wide-ranging personnel shakeup at the KMT.
The NPF also formed a supervisory board Tuesday with former party business manager Chang Chang-pang, legislator Lu Shiow-yen and Chiang Cheng-yen, an official described as close to Chu. Lu and Chiang both also serve as vice secretary-generals of the ruling party.
The new KMT chairman said the think tank was becoming more institutionalized and had to work closely with the party’s legislators to draft “bread-and-butter bills” and promote public policies, while attracting younger academics to its ranks.


Updated : 2021-09-23 05:47 GMT+08:00