KMT's election defeat sparks calls for reform

Kuomintang party's presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu admits defeat in presidential election in Taiwan on Jan 11, 2020.
Kuomintang party's presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu admits defeat in presidential election in Taiwan on Jan 11, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT) faced scathing criticism and calls for reform after the party's trouncing in the island's presidential election at the weekend.

President Tsai Ing-wen's Democratic Progressive Party won a landslide victory on Saturday, securing her a second term in office. This prompted soul-searching within the Kuomintang and questions about her rival candidate Han Kuo-yu.

Meanwhile, China lambasted the United States, Britain and Japan for violating the one-China principle after the countries sent Ms Tsai congratulatory messages.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 13, 2020, with the headline 'KMT's election defeat sparks calls for reform'. Print Edition | Subscribe