Kaohsiung mayor says goodbye ahead of Presidential Office role

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Chen Chu (陳菊)

Chen Chu (陳菊)

Taipei, April 10 (CNA) Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) bid farewell to city department heads on Tuesday as she prepared to take her new role of Presidential Office secretary-general on April 23.

Chen's appointment was to be officially announced on Wednesday, but President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) confirmed the move herself during an interview on Sunday.

Speaking to her team in the city government, Chen said she was grateful to them for standing by her through natural disasters and other challenges the city has faced during her 12 years in office.

She asked that they understand her decision to temporarily leave Kaohsiung to join Tsai as her office's secretary-general to help with the task of reforming Taiwan.

Leaving deputy Hsu Li-ming (許立明) as acting mayor, Chu expressed her hope that the city government will be able to complete many of the projects to renovate and develop infrastructure that she had planned to be finished by the end of her term.

These include the underground railway, more green spaces in the city, and a new sewage treatment system.

Chu emphasized that Kaohsiung will always be her home, and that she will return once she is done with this temporary mission.

She was appointed to fill the position left vacant by Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), who became foreign minister in a Cabinet reshuffle in late February.

Late Monday, the 67-year-old mayor took to Facebook to post a lengthy message about her appointment.

In it, she called Tsai's efforts for reform unprecedented and said they marked an important moment in Taiwan's development.

Only if these reforms are successful will the country move forward, Chen said, which is why she has decided to join Tsai's team to lend a helping hand.

(By Wang Shwu-fen and Kuan-lin Liu)

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