Taiwan culture minister wants to leave government

Cheng Li-chiun said her mission had been accomplished

Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun.

Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - As the Cabinet of Premier William Lai (賴清德) resigned Friday, Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) said on Facebook she wanted to leave government as her mission had been accomplished.

After the Legislative Yuan approved the central government budget for 2019 on Thursday, Lai announced that the whole Cabinet would resign. The change has been seen as a consequence of the poor results for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the November 24 local elections.

Culture Minister Cheng, 49, has been one of the more popular members of the Cabinet. During her term in office, which began in May 2016, she launched a major plan for the maintenance of historic sites and for digital infrastructure, while just recently she saw her proposal for Taiwanese-language television broadcasting approved.

Cheng has also frequently been mentioned as a candidate for elected office, such as mayor of Taipei City.

Writing on Facebook Friday, she revealed that she had already tendered her resignation as minister of culture twice, and that she planned on returning to the private sector, the Central News Agency reported. She described her period in office as a process where it was more important for 100 people to take one step forward than for one person to move 100 steps forward.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced on Friday that she would appoint former Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) as Lai’s successor.