Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) officially announced the appointment of Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (??) as Presidential Office secretary-general during a press conference on Wednesday.
Describing Chen as "our sister," Tsai said that she has nationwide name recognition, was a leading figure in Taiwan's democracy movement and served as a political appointee before being elected mayor of Kaohsiung in 2006.
Tsai also praised Chen for her performance as mayor, saying she has been not only been an outstanding leader of Kaohsiung but also an important national asset.
Tsai said Chen's experience makes her the perfect choice to help the government push forward its national reform policies.
Tsai said that at this crucial transformative moment for Taiwan, she needs the help of people like Chen to ensure the successful implementation of the reforms.
Chen, she thanked the president for allowing her to help with the administration's reform program.
The most important thing when seeking to introduce reform is to communicate with the public, Chen said, adding that she aims to play a major role in that process by holding more talks so as to reduce the risk of conflict and ensure reforms proceed smoothly.
Chen also said that she plans to focus on her duties as Presidential Office secretary-general and not get involved in the Nov. 24 local elections.
The 67-year-old mayor bid farewell to city department heads on Tuesday as she prepares to officially assume the new position on April 23.
Chen was appointed to fill the position left vacant by Joseph Wu (???), who was made foreign minister in a Cabinet reshuffle in late February.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel