Taiwan Cabinet to resign on Monday morning over KMT's crushing defeat in local polls

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (right) bows during a news conference with party officials after the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party was defeated in the local elections in Taipei on Nov 29, 2014. Taiwan’s Cabinet  will convene a meeting on Monday
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (right) bows during a news conference with party officials after the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party was defeated in the local elections in Taipei on Nov 29, 2014. Taiwan’s Cabinet  will convene a meeting on Monday at 10am where members will  tender their resignations. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI - Taiwan’s Cabinet  will convene a meeting on Monday morning where members will  tender their  resignations, two days after a local election which saw  the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) suffer a crushing defeat.

A caretaker administration will remain in office after the 81 Cabinet-level officials tender their resignations, the Central News Agency reported.

This means the Cabinet will not make any major policy decisions until after President Ma Ying-jeou names a new premier, said the news agency.

Mr Jiang Yi-huah stepped down as premier on Saturday, saying he took "political responsibility" for KMT's heavy losses in the elections. Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun had also resigned.

Local media reported that President Ma Ying-jeou is expected to step down as KMT chairman on Wednesday to take responsibility for his party's rout.

In Saturday's local elections, KMT went from controlling four of the six major municipalities to just one, while its city and county seats were more than halved.

It lost its key stronghold of Taipei, where independent candidate Ko Wen-je became mayor.

KMT took 40.7 per cent of the ballots cast in the local polls, while the Democratic Progressive Party scooped 47.5 per cent. There were 11,130 seats up for grabs with 18 million eligible voters - turnout was 67.5 per cent.