Taiwan President Tsai Ing Wen Resigns As Head Of Ruling DPP Following Local Election Losses

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Resigns: Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has resigned from the post of the head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday (November 26) evening. According to news agency AP, his party suffered losses in the local elections. Tsai Ing-wen resigned as the head of the DPP, taking responsibility for the party’s poor performance in these election results.

Tsai Ing-wen resigned as DPP chief following the tradition of taking responsibility after a local election loss, and thanked her supporters during a short speech. Tsai Ing-wen said she would take responsibility for the defeat as she chose the candidates for Saturday’s election.

Election fought on these issues

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According to the news agency Reuters, on Saturday (26 November) elections were held in Taiwan to elect county chiefs, mayors of cities and local councillors. Votes were cast on domestic issues in the elections. These mainly included issues such as management of the Corona epidemic, handling of crime and the stand of the leaders on the One China policy.

Presenting the local elections as an example, Tsai Ing-wen also said that the world is watching how Taiwan protects its democracy amid military tensions with China. According to Reuters, the main opposition party Kuomintang (KMT) was leading or claiming victory in 13 of the 21 city mayor and county seat, including the capital Taipei.

Tsai Ing-wen said this at the party headquarters

After leaving the post of DPP chief, Tsai Ing-wen told reporters at the party headquarters, “The results did not live up to our expectations. We humbly accept the results and the decision of the people of Taiwan.” It is notable that Tsai Ing-wen had taken a similar step even after the poor results of 2018. Tsai said that it is not that the DPP has never failed before. He said, “We do not have time to feel sorry. We have fallen but will rise again.”

Chinese media gave such a response

The next presidential election in Taiwan is to be held in 2024, till then Tsai Ing-wen will continue to serve as president. Till the time of writing the news, there was no specific reaction from the Chinese media regarding the local elections in Taiwan. China’s official news agency Xinhua reported in the usual way that Tsai Ing-wen resigned, taking responsibility for the party’s performance in Taiwan’s local elections.

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