Electorate turns away from ruling Democratic Progressive Party
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing wen resigned as chairwoman of the ruling pro independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after it suffered a major electoral defeat on Saturday, losing two of the island’s most important city posts in mayoral elections. Pro China Kuomintang takes 15 districts compared to DPP’s six.
The results of the polls, being held just over a year before Taiwan’s next presidential election, are likely to please China, which claims self ruled and proudly democratic Taiwan as its own and has ramped up pressure on Ms Tsai and her administration since she took office in 2016.
In the run up to the elections, Ms Tsai and her Government said repeatedly China was trying to sway voters with “political bullying” and “fake news” accusations that Beijing denied.
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Ms Tsai said the DPP would reflect on the defeat, but she vowed canada goose outlet england to press on.
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The DPP held on in two of its other strongholds, however, keeping Tainan in the south and Taoyuan in the north.
‘A tragic defeat’The DPP has now been left in control of only six of Taiwan’s cities and counties, compared with at least 15 for the Kuomintang.
“This is a tragic defeat for the DPP,” Yao Chia wen, a senior adviser to the President, said.
“But this is not support for the Kuomintang from the people. This is the people’s disappointment in the DPP,” he said, citing slower than expected initiatives that have drawn criticism including pension and justice reforms.
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Kaohsiung’s Kuomintang mayor elect, Han Kuo yu, who described the city as “outdated and poor” while on the campaign trail, told a rally he would go all out to boost its economy.
“We must immediately roll up our sleeves and get to work,” Mr Han said, speaking of what was once one of the world’s busiest ports but which has lost much of its business to China.
There was no immediate reaction canada goose outlet washington dc from canada goose outlet online reviews Beijing to the poll results, where state media simply noted Ms Tsai’s resignation as party chairwoman “to take responsibility for the party’s performance in Taiwan’s local elections”.
US congratulates Taiwan on ‘vibrant’ democracySupporters of pro China Kuomintang say the the DPP administration has failed to come good on promises to reduce the deficit and cut pollution. (AP)
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Populace says no to marriage equalityUnderscoring Ms Tsai’s challenge are a series of public votes also held on Saturday on whether to make same canada goose outlet store toronto sex marriage legal, an issue which has deeply divided Taiwan.
“This is a small step for myself, but a big step for mankind,” said Chi Chia wei, a veteran gay rights activist who had petitioned Taiwan’s Constitutional Court to take up the issue.
In Asia’s first such ruling, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court declared in May last year same sex couples had the right to legally marry, and set a two year deadline for legalisation.