Tsai Ing-wen takes DPP helm again
Central News Agency
2014-05-28 10:51 PM
Taipei, May 28 (CNA) Tsai Ing-wen took office Wednesday as chairperson of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after a two-year break. At a handover ceremony in Taipei, her predecessor Su Tseng-chang urged party members to support Tsai as she is taking on a "difficult job." Tsai, who held the DPP chairmanship for two terms from 2008 to 2012, thanked Su for his work over the past two years, including his efforts to lobby against the controversial fourth nuclear power plant. She said that although she and Su have been in competition within the party in the past, there were no doubts about their commitment to the DPP. Tsai stepped down as DPP chair after she lost the 2012 presidential election to the incumbent Ma Ying-jeou. She was unopposed in her recent bid to retake the DPP leadership. With her return as party chairwoman, there has been a reshuffle of the DPP's top positions, the most notable being policy chief Joseph Wu's appointment as secretary general. Wu will however remain the DPP's representative to the U.S. DPP Legislator Tuan Yi-kang will take over as the DPP's new policy chief, while Cheng Yun-peng, head of the party's Department of Organizational Development, will now lead the Department of Culture and Communications. Lin Chun-hsien will remain as a DPP spokesperson but two others -- Taipei City Councilor Hsu Chia-ching and lawyer Huang Ti-ying -- have also been named as party spokespersons. Fu Wei-che, a doctoral student at National Tsing Hua University, will head the DPP Department of Youth Development, an indication of the party's efforts to recruit young talent. DPP Legislator Chao Tien-lin will head the Department of China Affairs, while Lin Ching-yi, a former member of the Cabinet's Department of Gender Equality, will take over the Department of Women's Development. Tai Chi-chuan, founder of the local Internet firm Richtor Inc., will head the Department of Internet Development, as the party seeks to draw on the expertise of professionals in various fields. (By Justin Su and Scully Hsiao)
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