New premier to keep old economics team: senior political source

Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) Taiwan's new premier, Su Tseng-chang, will be keeping on the economics and finance team from the previous Cabinet, but will make changes in other ministries and departments, a senior political source said Friday.According to the source, the new premier's first priority will be to boost Taiwan's economy, and he has asked the four ministers who make up the team if they are willing to stay on their jobs.Finance Minister Su Jain-rong, Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin, National Development Council chief Chen Mei-ling and Financial Supervisory Commission Chairman Wellington Koo have all expressed to Su their desire to continue in their positions, the source said.Chen said in a statement that Su was her old boss and has promoted her in the past. Former Premier Lai Ching-te, whom Su will replace, also wanted her to continue in her post to carry out some of his planned policies, including turning Taiwan bilingual, she said.In another change, former Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung wrote on Facebook that he has accepted the role of transportation and communications minister.Lin thanked President Tsai Ing-wen and Su for the opportunity to again serve society, his said in a Facebook post.Meanwhile, sources said Chen Chi-mai, the Democratic Progressive Party candidate who ran and lost the mayoral race in Kaohsiung last year, is expected to be the new vice premier.Chen served three terms as a lawmaker and had previously assumed positions such as DPP deputy secretary-general, Cabinet spokesman and deputy secretary-general to the President.The new Cabinet secretary-general is expected to be former Acting Tainan Mayor Li Meng-yen.Meanwhile, Science and Technology Minster Chen Liang-gee will take over as education minister, another senior political source said.