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New Cabinet sworn in

ROC Central News Agency

2012/05/20 18:28:14

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) Premier Sean Chen and his Cabinet were sworn-in Sunday by President Ma Ying-jeou, who urged them to remember the people's discontent with the administration's recent policies.

Chen's Cabinet resigned en masse in mid-May in accordance with Constitutional precedent, and President Ma Ying-jeou approved minor changes to the lineup before his inauguration on Sunday.

Among the changes, Yiin Chii-ming remains as head of the Council for Economic Planning and Development but now doubles as a minister without portfolio.

Lung Ying-tai, former head of the Council of Cultural Affairs, leads the newly established Ministry of Culture.

Hu Yu-wei, a professor at National Taiwan Normal University's Graduate Institute of Mass Communication, was appointed as Executive Yuan spokesman, a newly established position after the Government Information Office was closed permanently.

Ma said at the swearing-in ceremony that he will watch closely and evaluate the performance of the Cabinet members and will not rule out the possibility of a major Cabinet reshuffle if necessary.

Referring to the opposition-led protests that started on the eve of his inauguration against his administration's domestic policies, Ma said he believes the Cabinet has learned a lesson that it will remember during its tenure.

Ma said the unpopular policies were good ones in themselves but had not been received well because the government failed to communicate them properly to the people. This is something the administration needs to work on in its effort to implement reforms, he said.

(By Angela Tsai, Rogge Chen, Tseng Ying-yu and Jamie Wang)
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