Tuesday, 25 June 2019 01:32 GMT

Taiwan assigns new premier

(MENAFN) Taiwan has appointed the ex-chairman of its ruling pro-independence party as premier, after the current one resigned along with the entire cabinet, after a local election defeats.

November's election losses led to a huge challenge to President Tsai Ing-wen, who faced increasing criticism at home over her reform agenda while facing renewed threats from China, which considers the self-ruled island its own.

Tsai appointed Su Tseng-chang, a two-term former chairman of her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), saying the island faced challenges amid rising Chinese threats and trade tension between main supporter the United States and China.

She said: "Taiwan's democracy and development must face certain challenges, adding that China was looking to force its "one country, two systems" structure on the island.


Taiwan assigns new premier

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