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New Cabinet will be proactive: President Ma

New Cabinet will be proactive: President Ma

President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that the new Cabinet will proactively carry out its duties in the remaining four months of his term and will not become a mere passive caretaker.

The Cabinet members will also provide the necessary assistance to their successors to ensure a smooth transition of power, Ma said at a swearing-in ceremony for new Premier Simon Chang and his Cabinet members.

Ma cited three examples of proactive governance during the transition period. First, he said, the National Financial Stabilization Fund has continued to support shares in the volatile stock market since the Jan. 16 presidential and legislative elections.

"We did not slack off just because the Cabinet resigned en masse," he said.

Second, Ma said he and then Acting Premier Chang went to Miaoli and Tainan, respectively, to inspect agricultural losses in the wake of a strong cold spell that hit Taiwan in late January.

Ma said he also visited the Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island in the South China Sea on Jan. 28 and proposed a road map for his South China Sea peace initiative.

Chang replaced Mao Chi-kuo, who tendered his resignation after the ruling Kuomintang's defeat in the presidential and legislative elections on Jan. 16.

There were only minor changes to the Cabinet, which include Duh Tyzz-jiun, who has filled the vice premier post left by Chang.

Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Lin Chu-chia succeeded Duh as minister of the National Development Council.

Financial Supervisory Commission Vice Chairwoman Jennifer Wang replaced FSC Chairman Tseng Ming-chung, who was sworn in Monday as a legislator-at-large.

The Council of Agriculture is now headed by Chen Chih-ching, who was moved up from vice minister as Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji has returned to his teaching job at National Taiwan University.

President-elect Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party is scheduled to take office on May 20, beoming the first head of state of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Updated : 2021-05-16 18:22 GMT+08:00