Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian on Monday named his sixth premier in seven years amid paralysis in the island's relations with rival China and gridlock in its deeply divided legislature.
Party loyalist and veteran politician Chang Chun-hsiung, 68, was named to take over from Su Tseng-chang, who resigned Saturday after losing a bid to become the candidate of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan's 2008 presidential election.
Opposition parties mocked the appointment as the latest example of Chen's failed efforts to bring stability to this democratic island of 23 million people, 100 miles off the China coast.
Chen is scheduled to leave office in May 2008, two months after Taiwan goes to the polls to elect a new president. That contest will pit the DPP's Frank Hsieh against Ma Ying-jeou of the main opposition Nationalist Party.
Speaking on live television from the presidential office, Chen praised Chang as an experienced operator, who could help break a long-standing logjam in the Legislature over key government bills.
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