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Taiwan's Tsai unveils new cabinet in bid to regain lost ground

President bringing back old faces like ex-VP Chen after beatdown in local polls

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, center, greets incoming Premier Chen Chien-jen, right, while outgoing Premier Su Tseng-chang looks on in Taipei on Jan. 27.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen officially appointed former Vice President Chen Chien-jen as premier on Friday, signaling a major cabinet reshuffle designed to energize her government well before elections in 2024.

"I have to say, once again: Premier Su, you have worked hard," Tsai said during a news conference, turning toward outgoing premier Su Tseng-chang, who nodded in return. "He is always on the front line, helping me to bear a lot of pressure, giving me more strength to focus on diplomacy, defense and cross-strait affairs, while laying a stronger foundation for Taiwan and creating a bigger international space for Taiwan."

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