Incumbent party in Taiwan loses election| MENAFN.COM

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 10:48 GMT

Incumbent party in Taiwan loses election


(MENAFN) Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, has resigned from her position as leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) following a string of electoral losses to opposition candidates who concentrated their campaigns on maintaining peace and local issues without going too head-to-head with Beijing.

Voting for nine city mayors, municipal council members, and other local officials took place on Saturday around the island. According to preliminary results, the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) defeated the ruling DPP by winning crucial mayoral races in Taipei, Taoyuan, and Keelung in addition to a string of other victories, leaving the DPP in charge of only five out of the 21 regional government offices.

Tsai told reporters at the party headquarters on Saturday night that she was resigning as the head of the DPP, as she had done in 2018 after a similarly dismal performance, “the results failed our expectations. We humbly accept the results and accept the Taiwanese people's decision.”

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