New appointments to Taiwan's Cabinet announced

President Tsai's Cabinet represents continuity at start of her second four-year term

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Farewell photo of current Cabinet 

Farewell photo of current Cabinet  (CNA photo)

Updated: May 19, 2020, 14:30 a.m.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will start her second and final four-year term on Wednesday (May 20) with most ministers in her Cabinet remaining in their posts, including Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌).

The long-awaited cabinet list has finally been released on Tuesday (May 19).

Following a minor reshuffle, the departure of Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) head Wellington Koo (顧立雄) and his appointment as secretary-general of the National Security Council has drawn the most attention. Kuomintang legislator Lin Yi-hua (林奕華) commented that she was not surprised about Koo's ascent, as he is firmly ensconced in the Tsai camp and held in high regard, Formosa TV reported.

On the other hand, Democratic Progressive Party legislator Wang Ting-yu (王定宇) believes Koo's solid background in law and finance could transfer well to international finance, an oft-ignored but crucial function of the security council.

Among the incumbent ministers, Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) will continue to lead the Council of Agriculture. Born to a farming family, Chen has implemented several policies that boosted exports of produce and promoted green agriculture. He also backed the recently established farmers' pension scheme.

Other ministers staying in their posts beyond May 20 include: Minister of Public Construction Wu Tse-cheng (吳澤成); Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春); Minister of Indigenous Affairs Icyang Parod (夷將.拔路兒); Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥); and Minister of Atomic Energy Hsieh Shou-shing (謝曉星).

Updated list of cabinet members (New assignments marked in red)

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌)
Deputy Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁)
◆Secretary-General Lee Meng-yen (李孟諺)
Deputy Secretaries-General Ho Pei-shan (何佩珊)
Spokesperson Ting Yi-ming (丁怡銘)
◆Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮)
Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發)
Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍)
Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇)
Minister of Culture Lee Yung-de (李永得)
Minister of Justice

Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥)

Minister of Health & Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中)
Minister of Science & Technology Wu Tsung-tsong (吳政忠)
Minister of Labor

Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春)

Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠)
Minister of Finance Su Jain-rong (蘇建榮)
Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津)
◆Minister of Financial Supervisory Commission Huang Tien-mu (黃天牧)
Minister of National Development Kung Ming-hsin (龔明鑫)
◆Minister of Public Construction Wu Tse-cheng (吳澤成)
Minister of Mainland Affairs Chen Ming-tong (陳明通)
Minster of Overseas Community Affairs Tung Chen-yuan (童振源)
◆Minister of Veterans Affairs Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬)
◆Minister of Indigenous Affairs Icyang Parod (夷將.拔路兒)
Minister of Atomic Energy Hsieh Shou-shing (謝曉星)
◆Minister of Hakka Affairs Yang Chang-zhen (楊長鎮)
◆Minister of Agriculture Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲)
◆Minister of Ocean Affairs Lee Chung-wei (李仲威)
◆Minister Without Portfolio Lin Wan-i (林萬億)
◆Minister Without Portfolio
Wu Tse-cheng (吳澤成)
◆Minister Without Portfolio
Chang Ching-sen (張景森)
◆Minister Without Portfolio
John Deng (鄧振中)
◆Minister Without Portfolio
Kung Ming-hsin (龔明鑫)
◆Minister Without Portfolio
Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成)
◆Minister Without Portfolio
Audrey Tang (唐鳳)
◆Minister Without Portfolio
Huang Chih-ta (黃致達)