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Foreign, defense ministers to keep posts in new Cabinet

ROC Central News Agency

05/16/2020 02:35 PM

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) will retain their posts when President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) second-term Cabinet takes office on May 20, Cabinet aides said Saturday.

In addition to the high-profile retentions, the aides confirmed that Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通), Veterans Affairs Council Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) and Ocean Affairs Council (OAC) Minister Lee Chung-wei (李仲威) will also stay on in their current roles.

Taiwan's government is carrying out a Cabinet reshuffle ahead of Tsai's inauguration to a second term as president on May 20, though a majority of the current ministers have been asked to remain.

The highest profile departure to date is that of Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) who announced her resignation on Thursday.

The sources on Saturday also said that Taiwan's representative to Thailand, Tung Chen-yuan (童振源), will replace Wu Hsin-hsing (吳新興) as head of the Overseas Community Affairs Council.

However, Tung's return to Taiwan will likely be delayed, as Thailand has banned incoming international air travel under a state of emergency which was recently extended through May 31.

Tung is therefore expected to return to Taiwan to take up the new post when international flights are resumed in early June, the sources said.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Wang Cheng-chung and Matthew Mazzetta)

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