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Jan 11, 2019 | 19:50 GMT

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Taiwan: President Appoints New Premier After Cabinet Resigns

What Happened: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has appointed Su Tseng-chang as the island's new premier after William Lai Ching-te and the entire Cabinet resigned Jan. 11, the South China Morning Post reported. 

Why It Matters: Taiwan's new premier will have to shore up domestic support for the ruling party amid increasing public dissatisfaction, strained cross-strait relations and an increased U.S. focus on Taiwan as a partner in counterbalancing China.

Background: Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered a major defeat in local elections on Nov. 24, 2018.

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