Wrapping up the Cabinet shuffle, Premier-designate Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday confirmed the appointment of Deputy Presidential Secretary-general James Huang (黃志芳) as foreign minister and the retention of Defense Minister Lee Jye (李傑) and Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu (吳釗燮).
Incumbent Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Chen (陳唐山) is to take up the post of presidential secretary-general. Su and the new Cabinet will take office tomorrow.
The media have speculated on the appointments of Huang, Lee and Wu for days. All three are said to have owed their nominations to their loyalty to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in addition to their professional credentials.
Su also named Deputy National Security Council (國家安全會議) Secretary-general Ko Cheng-heng as deputy defense minister and retained three MAC vice chairmen You Ying-lung (游盈隆), Liu Teh-shun and Huang Wei-feng.
The incoming premier denied any interference from the Presidential Office in deciding the Cabinet lineup, saying he met no obstacles in choosing the right person for the right position.