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Cabinet reshuffle could come this week
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-01-13 02:52 PM
Premier Jiang Yi-huah told an interviewer Sunday that every year at the end of the legislative session is the most appropriate time to make adjustments in personnel. The current session of the Legislative Yuan adjourns on Tuesday, and President Ma Ying-jeou will be on the road January 23 to 30, making this week a good time for Ma and Jiang to launch a reshuffle of the cabinet.

Ministers who are already the focus of talk concerning possible changes include Stephen Shih, the Director of the EPA, Minister of the Interior Lee Hung-yuan. Council of Hakka Affairs Minister Huang Yu-chen and Minister of Finance Chang Sheng-ford, just to name a few. Others are merely the subjects of hearsay such as National Science Council Chairman Chu Ching-yi, who has been embroiled in a stand-off with CEPD Minister Kuan Chung-ming over policy on tax incentives in the planned free economic pilot zones and whose agency will disappear with a government re-organization set for March; and Minister without Portfolio Simon Chang, who has an appreciable reservoir of appreciation and trust among both officials and those in the private sector. Other water-cooler predictions see Chu Ching-yi as a likely candidate for the new post of Minister of Science and Technology.

CEPD Minister Kuan Chung-ming, who has also clashed with legislators over policies and budgets, is looking forward to a promotion to Minister of the newly-created National Development Committee, while Minister of Health and Welfare Chiu Wen-ta and Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih enjoy good relations with higher echelons in government and should be around to continue battling their respective demons of food safety and the eTag start-up mess as well as numerous other challenges.

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