New head for Taiwan's DPP

Newly-elected Chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party Cho Jung-tai speaks at a press conference at the party headquarters in Taipei, on Jan 6, 2019.
Newly-elected Chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party Cho Jung-tai speaks at a press conference at the party headquarters in Taipei, on Jan 6, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday elected former Cabinet secretary-general Cho Jung-tai as its new chairman.

The post was vacated by President Tsai Ing-wen in November after the party suffered a string of defeats in local elections, fuelled by a backlash over her domestic reforms and deteriorating ties with China.

DPP acting chairman Lin Yu-chang said Mr Cho, a moderate consensus candidate, took 24,699 votes, or 72.6 per cent, while pro-independence rival You Ying-lung garnered 9,323 votes.

Analysts say the party leadership vote will set the tone for the run-up to next year's presidential election.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 07, 2019, with the headline 'New head for Taiwan's DPP'. Print Edition | Subscribe