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Taiwan’s Academia Historica head tapped as new National Palace Museum Director

The appointments are the latest round of a cabinet reshuffle for the DPP government following election defeat

New director of National Palace Museum Wu Mi-cha

New director of National Palace Museum Wu Mi-cha (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s National Palace Museum will be headed by Academia Historica President, Wu Mi-cha (吳密察), while Deputy Chairperson of the Ocean Affairs Council, Lee Chung-wei (李仲威), will be promoted to chairperson of the Ocean Affairs Council, the Executive Yuan announced Wednesday.

The announcements are the latest appointments in a cabinet reshuffle of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government following the routing of the ruling party in the nine-in-one elections last November. Former DPP legislator Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) took office as the new premier on Jan. 14.

Wu Mi-cha, 62, has been appointed as the new Director of National Palace Museum. An expert on the modern history of Taiwan and Japan, Wu has served as Director of National Museum of Taiwan History and as a professor at National Taiwan University and National Cheng Kung University.

Lee Chung-wei, 66, is a naval commander who currently holds posts as Director-General of the Coast Guard Administration and as Deputy Chairperson of Ocean Affairs Council. He will be promoted as the new head of the Ocean Affairs Council.

The Executive Yuan is expected to submit nominations for the chairperson and vice chairperson of Transitional Justice Commission, as well as chairperson for Central Election Commission, to be approved by the Legislative Yuan before new sessions begin on Feb. 15, reports Liberty Times.