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Shen Jong-chin appointed as acting econ minister

  • President Tsai Ing-wen

    President Tsai Ing-wen

    President Tsai Ing-wen Wednesday issued an apology to the public. (CNA photo)

Deputy Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin has been appointed as acting economics minister.


The Cabinet made the decision Wednesday following the resignation of Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung. Lee stepped down to take responsibility for a major power outage Tuesday.


The outage hit many parts of Taiwan without warning. Due to human error, six generators at the Tatan Power Plant in Taoyuan shut down unexpectedly.


Also on Wednesday, President Tsai Ing-wen issued an apology to the public on behalf of the government. Tsai promised to review what she called a fragile grid system. 


“I want to report to the public. To avoid similar incidents from happening again, our most important task is to ensure a steady [power] supply and to review and strengthen the nation’s infrastructure," said Tsai. 


Tsai said the power supply does not just concern the livelihood of the people, it’s also a national security issue. Tsai also said going green and strengthening the grid system are right directions that must be carried out soon.