TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following weeks of rumors, Yilan County Magistrate Lin Tsung-hsien was announced as the new Council of Agriculture minister, one of four changes.
Less-than-optimal opinion poll ratings for Premier Lin Chuan’s team amid several controversial reforms led to the limited Cabinet reshuffle, less than a year after its May 20 inauguration, commentators said.
The Yilan County chief, one of the most popular local executives from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, had been named as a potential minister for several portfolios, including the one of labor minister.
However, the Cabinet announced Friday evening that Lin Tsung-hsien would take over the COA, succeeding Tsao Chi-hung, a former Pingtung County magistrate.
The new minister of health and welfare is Chen Shih-chung, a former deputy at its predecessor, the Department of Health. He succeeds Lin Tzou-yien.
Labor Minister Kuo Fong-yu, often a target because of the difficult recent workweek reforms, is to be replaced by Minister without Portfolio Lin Mei-chu, a cousin of President Tsai Ing-wen.
Education Vice Minister Chen Liang-gee is to take over as minister of science and technology, succeeding Yang Hung-duen.