Tsai's DPP suffers major defeats in "nine-in-one" elections

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/11/24 23:19:52

Han Kuo-yu, Kuomintang's Kaohsiung mayoral candidate, celebrates after winning in local elections, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on Saturday. Photo: VCG

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), headed by Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen, suffered major defeat in Saturday's "nine-in-one" elections.

Lai Ching‑te, head of the Taiwan administrative authority also known by his English name William Lai, announced his resignation after the mayoral election defeats on Saturday. He said he felt sorry for the results.

Tsai announced to resign from her post as the DPP head, Taiwan media reported Saturday.

DPP's candidate Chen Chimai lost the mayoral election in Kaoshiung to Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT).

Han has 579,881 votes (52.75 percent) versus 504,252 votes for the DPP's Chen (45.87 percent) and currently there are 1,298 out of the 1,823 polling stations reporting, according to the Taiwan-based news site focustaiwan.tw. The website called the results "stunning."

The DPP had held Kaohsiung for 20 years and was expected to hold the city easily at the beginning of the election cycle, focustaiwan.tw reported.

Election results are not expected to be available until around 2 am, according to Taiwan media.

The "nine-in-one" elections refer to midterms in Taiwan to select candidates for nine different levels of authorities, with the highest levels up for election being the mayoral and county magistrates of cities and counties, down to the level of village wardens and indigenous district councils.

Global Times

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