President to call policy coordination meeting weekly

President Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Saturday that she will call a policy coordination meeting every week starting Oct. 3 in the hope of making her administration's policy-making process more efficient and comprehensive.

The meeting will bring together key officials of the Cabinet and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as well as leaders of the DPP caucus in the Legislative Yuan and local government chiefs from the DPP, according to Tsai, who serves concurrently as party chairwoman.

The president said through the mechanism, her administration will set the direction and tempo of important policies and discuss how to divide up the work.

Tsai's announcement came as surveys conducted by various organizations indicated that her approval ratings have fallen below 50 percent in the four months since she took office on May 20.

The latest survey released Sept. 26 by the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation found that only 44.7 percent of the Taiwanese public approved of Tsai's handling of major national issues, compared with 52.3 percent in August and 69.9 percent when she first took office.

Meanwhile, only 34.6 percent of Taiwan's public thinks that Premier Lin Chuan (??), and his Cabinet are capable of resolving the nation's problems, while 40.9 percent does not have that confidence, the survey found.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel