Lai Ching-te is Taiwan’s new premier

Taipei-President Tsai Ing-wen (???) on Tuesday appointed Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (???) as premier, replacing Lin Chuan (??), who resigned a day earlier.

The 57-year-old Lai was a physician at National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Tainan before entering politics in the 1990s. He won a seat in the then-National Assembly in 1996, and two years later became a Democratic Progressive Party member of the Legislative Yuan.

Lai was subsequently reelected as lawmaker three times in 2001, 2004, and 2008. In total, he served 11 years as a legislator, and was rated the best lawmaker four times in a row by the Taipei-based Citizen Congress Watch.

In 2010, he was elected Tainan mayor. He is currently serving a second term in that post, enjoying high approval ratings.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel