Taipei, Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka will remain in her position at the Executive Yuan after new Premier Su Tseng- asked her to stay, she announced Sunday.
In an interview that day, Kolas said she had a meeting with Su Saturday at which he asked her to stay.
Kolas Yotaka is a member of the indigenous Amis tribe and was a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator-at-large before being appointed spokesperson by former Premier Lai Ching-te in mid-July.
Lai and his Cabinet resigned Friday in preparation for a reshuffle, in which he was replaced by Su.
Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun will also stay on in her role, according to a senior political source.
Meanwhile, another senior political source said Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun) will also be staying in her position. Cheng who was originally planning to step down decided to remain after telephone conversations with Su on Sunday.
Other senior political sources Saturday said Su will officially name Acting Council of Agriculture (COA) Minister Chen Chi-chung to head the agency.
In addition, Su is expected to promote incumbent Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Deputy Minister Chang Tzi-chin to EPA minister, the sources said.
Su is also expected to announce that Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang and Health Minister Chen Shih-chung will remain in their current posts in the new Cabinet.
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tongand Veterans Affairs Council Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng will also stay on.
Chu Tzer-ming head of the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Jay N. Shih head of the Personnel Administration, Hakka Affairs Council chief Lee Yung-te and Council of Indigenous Peoples Minister Icyang Parod will also keep their positions, the sources said.
Deputy Economic Affairs Minister Kung Ming-hsin will be named minister without portfolio, while eight incumbent ministers without portfolio Audrey Tang), Wu Tze-cheng Wu Tsung-tsong Chang Ching-sen Chen Mei-ling John Deng Lin Wan-i and Lo Ping-chen will stay in the new Cabinet. Chen Mei-ling is also the head of the National Development Council.
On Friday, the sources said Su will keep the economics and finance team from the previous Cabinet.
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 indicated a desire to continue in their positions, the source said.
The new Cabinet secretary-general is expected to be former Acting Tainan Mayor Li Meng-yen
In another change, former Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung wrote on Facebook Friday that he has accepted the position of of transportation and communications minister.
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.
Lai and his Cabinet resigned en masse a day after the Legislative Yuan approved the central government's fiscal budget for 2019.
The outgoing premier tendered his resignation soon after the DPP suffered a crushing defeat in the nine-in-one local government elections on Nov. 24, but Tsai, who stepped down as DPP chairperson on the same day, refused to accept it.
Tsai said she expects the new premier, who has much experience serving in government, to implement policies that share the economic benefits of growth with the Taiwanese people.
Su, 71, served as chairman of the DPP from 2012-2014, premier 2006-2007, and chief of staff to President Chen Shui-bian in 2004.
He was defeated by KMT candidate Hou You-yi, in the New Taipei mayoral race in November.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel