Chang Po-ya to head Control Yuan: reports
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-06 08:37 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Central Election Commission chairwoman Chang Po-ya is to be nominated by President Ma Ying-jeou as the new head of the Control Yuan, reports said Tuesday.

If the nomination is approved by the Legislative Yuan, Chang will become the first woman to head any of Taiwan’s five branches of government. The current president of the Control Yuan, the nation’s top government watchdog, is the outspoken New Party co-founder Wang Chien-shien.

Chang launched her political career as independent mayor of Chiayi City, a position which her sister also served in. As a trained physician, she joined the Cabinet as health minister and later as interior minister.

In related appointments, former Indigenous Affairs Minister Sun Ta-chuan will become Chang’s deputy.

Ma will also nominate incumbent Examination Yuan Vice President Wu Ching-lin to move up to take the presidency, with Kao Yung-kuang as his nominee for deputy, reports said.

Wu played a key role in both Ma’s presidential bids, in 2008 and 2012, media reports said, while he also served in leading positions at the Kuomintang and at the Presidential Office. He is a brother of Wu Tse-yuan, a former Pingtung County magistrate who was convicted for corruption and fled to China.

The term of the current Examination Yuan president, vice president and 19 members ends on August 31. The Legislative Yuan will also have to vote on the nominees.

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