Premier William Lai on Thursday personally announced that a Cabinet reshuffle is in the works.
Premier Lai said the reason for the reshuffle is because President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration is in its second stage which is moving from planning to implementation. Lai said that the move to reshuffle was finalized after a month of planning.
“We thank all the Cabinet members who helped out in the first stage of reform and planning. Now we’re about to enter the second stage. We are now moving from planning to implementation. Therefore, this Cabinet reshuffle is for the different needs of the Cabinet now, and not to negate their performance," said Lai.
Lai announced changes to seven ministers. Interior minister Yeh Jiunn-rong has been named the next education minister and Cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung will fill the interior minister position. Ruling Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker-at-large Kolas Yotaka will succeed Hsu as Cabinet spokesperson. Investigation Bureau Chief Tsai Ching-hsiang will head the Ministry of Justice.
Transportation minister Ho Chen Tan will be replaced by Taiwan International Ports Corporation Chairman Wu Hong-mou. Finance Minister Sheu Yu-jer is to be succeeded by his deputy Su Jain-rong. Chen Chi-nan, a Taiwanese anthropologist and former culture minister, will head the National Palace Museum.