Taiwan Cabinet spokesperson, labor and culture ministers stay on

President Tsai Ing-wen will formally announce the new Cabinet on Jan. 14.

L-R: Kolas Yotaka, Hsu Ming-chun, Cheng Li-chiun

L-R: Kolas Yotaka, Hsu Ming-chun, Cheng Li-chiun (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Cabinet spokesperson Kolas Yotaka, Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春), and Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) will retain their positions in the new Cabinet led by incoming Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), according to media reports.

The trio accepted offers to retain their positions after speaking to Su over the weekend. Earlier on Jan. 13, some Taiwanese media incorrectly suggested that Cheng was going to step down from her position.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will formally announce the new Cabinet on Jan. 14.

On Jan. 11, Premier William Lai (賴清德) resigned alongside every member of Cabinet after the Legislative Yuan passed the central government budget for 2019. Tsai swiftly named Su as Lai’s successor, who will formally take over the reins tomorrow.

Taiwan News previously reported that Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發), Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) and Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (唐鳳) will retain their positions.

Ministers of justice and health will also keep their position, while a total of eight ministers without portfolios are expected to stay in the Cabinet.

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) is expected to be named new minister of transportation and communications, and Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) is expected to head the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Media reports suggest that the leading finance and economic officials of Lai’s cabinet will retain their positions. Finance Minister Su Jain-rong (蘇建榮) and Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) have both signaled their desire to stay on.

Former Member of the Legislative Yuan, Luo Wen-jia (羅文嘉), was also named as incoming Secretary General of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), reported CNA.

The list of cabinet ministers:

Vice Premier: Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), the DPP candidate who ran and lost the mayoral race in Kaohsiung

Secretary-general of the Executive Yuan: Li Meng-yen (李孟諺), former acting Tainan Mayor

Deputy Secretary-general of the Executive Yuan: Ho Pei-shan (何佩珊)

Cabinet spokesperson: Kolas Yotaka

Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇)

Transportation and Communications Minister: Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), former Taichung Mayor

Minister of Science and Technology: Chen Liang-gee (陳良基)

Labor Minister: Hsu Ming-chung (許銘春)

Culture Minister: Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君)

Education Minister: Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠), former Education Minister

Foreign Minister: Joseph Wu (吳釗燮)

Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發)

Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通)

Minister of the Overseas Community Affairs: Wu Hsin-hsing (吳新興)

Veterans Affairs Council Minister: Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正)

National Development Council Chief: Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶)

Financial Supervisory Commission Chairman: Wellington Koo (顧立雄)

Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津)

Finance Minister Su Jain- rong (蘇建榮)

Agricultural Minister: Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲), the acting Council of Agricultural Minister

Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister: Chang Tzi-chin (張子敬), the EPA Deputy Minister

Hakka Affairs Council Chief: Lee Yung-te (李永得)

Council of Indigenous Peoples Minister: Icyang Parod (夷將•拔路兒)

Minister of Justice: Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥)

Health Minister: Chen Shih-chung (陳時中)

Head of the Personnel Administration: Jay N. Shih (施能傑)

Head of the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics: Chu Tzer-ming (朱澤民)

Minister without portfolio: Audrey Tang (唐鳳), Wu Tze-cheng (吳澤成), Wu Tsung-tsong (吳政忠), Chang Ching-sen (張景森), Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶), John Deng (鄧振中), Lin Wan-i (林萬億), Lo Ping-chen (羅秉成), and newly added Kung Ming-hsin (龔明鑫), who is the deputy Economic Affairs Minister.