Taiwan appoints new Premier amid rising China tensions

Beijing (CNN)Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday appointed a senior figure from her pro-independence ruling party as the island’s new Premier amid growing tensions with China.

Su Tseng-chang, 71, a former chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was chosen to replace William Lai after the party suffered a bruising defeat in local elections last November.
Lai formally resigned earlier Friday, along with the entire Cabinet, taking responsibility for the party’s losses. Tsai also resigned as DPP leader following the elections, though she remains president.

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