Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as chairwoman of the ruling pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party after it suffered a major electoral defeat on Nov. 24, losing two of the island’s most important city posts in mayoral elections.
The results of the polls, being held just over a year before Taiwan’s next presidential election, are likely to please China, which claims the proudly democratic Taiwan as its own and has ramped up pressure on Tsai and her administration since she took office in 2016.
Before the elections, Tsai and her government repeatedly said China was trying to sway voters with “political bullying” and “fake news,” accusations that Beijing denied.
The DPP’s local election losses included two key mayoralties: Taichung, Taiwan’s second-most populous city; and Kaohsiung in the south. Both were won by the China-friendly Kuomintang, which once ruled China before fleeing to Taiwan at the end of the civil war with the Communists in 1949. (Reuters)