President should find new premier: Tsai

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – If Premier Mao Chi-kuo does not want to remain in office, President Ma Ying-jeou should quickly go and look for a replacement, President-elect Tsai Ing-wen said Friday.
After the Kuomintang’s devastating defeat in the January 16 presidential and legislative elections, Mao tendered his resignation and rejected pleas to stay on as a caretaker premier until Tsai’s May 20 inauguration.
Beginning February 1, a new Legislative Yuan will start functioning in which Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party controls a stable majority of 68 seats out of 113. The change has led to fears that confrontation will erupt between the DPP-controlled Legislature and the KMT-led government.
The issue has also become caught up in suggestions from the KMT, first made shortly before the election, that whoever controls a majority at the Legislative Yuan should form a new interim Cabinet.
Tsai said Friday that if Mao really did not want to stay on, the president should look for a person inside the Cabinet who has sufficient experience and public standing to take over and maintain the functions of government. If there was a need, the DPP would assist, Tsai was quoted as saying. She has steadfastly refused the KMT’s insistence that her party should form a new government to run the country during the four months leading up to her swearing-in as Taiwan’s first woman president.
Tsai pointed out that this was not the first transition of power for the country. The DPP’s Chen Shui-bian won the 2000 presidential election, while Ma brought the KMT back to power in 2008. In both cases though, the transition only lasted about two months.
Tsai was speaking in Yilan County Friday morning, where she and her vice-president-elect, Chen Chien-jen, were attending an event to thank local voters for their support.

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