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Taiwan President appoints new PM

IANS  |  Taipei 

appointed a new on Friday following the resignation of the incumbent over the recent electoral setback suffered by the ruling

The announced the appointment of to replace Lai Ching-te at a press conference in which both were present, reports news.

Lai announced his resignation on Thursday night and made it effective on Friday morning after a cabinet meeting.

His exit had been expected since Premiers in usually step down after a party's election defeat.

Experts believe Su could help garner support for Tsai within the party and boost her chances of re-election in 2020.

He was appointed in 2006 by then but resigned in 2007 to contest the 2008 presidential elections, which he lost to Ma Ying-jeou of the

The DPP suffered a resounding defeat in the local elections of November 24, which sparked opposition to Tsai's 2020 candidacy among pro-independence supporters.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 12:14 IST