Taiwan Cabinet announces partial reshuffle involving 4 ministries

Yilan County chief joins Cabinet as agriculture minister

New ministers for science, labor, health and agriculture.

New ministers for science, labor, health and agriculture. (By Central News Agency)

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.