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President Tsai appoints Tainan Mayor as new premier


On 5 September, President Tsai Ing-wen appointed Tainan Mayor Ling Ching-te as Premier of Taiwan, succeeding Mr Lin Chuan.

Tsai made the announcement in a news conference, in which she said Lai was the perfect candidate for executing the next stage of the cabinet’s mission. His achievements in public service are widely recognised and he will lead the government to overcome challenges and achieve its goals, she added.

Premier Lai’s main tasks include fast-tracking implementation of the five-plus-two innovative industries initiative and Forward-looking Infrastructure Programme, enhancing labour safety and welfare, meeting the needs of industrial development, implementing the nuclear-free policy, ensuring a stable energy supply and advancing the programme of national reform.

Before entering politics, Premier Lai was a physician at National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Tainan. He won a seat in the National Assembly in 1996 and became a Democratic Progressive Party member of the Legislative Yuan in 1998. After serving 11 years as a legislator, he was elected Mayor of Tainan in 2010.