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Former Presidential Office Secretary General and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu has been in the spotlight following her nomination to the post of Control Yuan President. The Control Yuan is Taiwan’s highest government watch-dog body and is one of the five branches of Taiwan’s central government.
President Tsai Ing-wen has appointed National Security Council official Hsiao Bi-khim as Taiwan’s representative to the United States. Hsiao, the first woman to hold this position, is set to take office in mid-July.
Former Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu, a member of the opposition KMT, stepped down on Friday after being recalled in a vote that saw nearly 940,000 residents vote in favor of removing him from office. That was well above the threshold of 575,000 votes required for his ouster. It was also 46,000 votes more than he received in the 2018 mayoral race that got him into office in the first place. Only about 25,000 voters voted against recalling the mayor.
Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu is set to face his biggest political test on Saturday since he was defeated by President Tsai Ing-wen in the presidential race in January. A recall vote to remove him from office, the first of its kind in Taiwan’s history, will be held in the southern port city on June 6.