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Taiwan municipal elections: Out-of-touch DPP to double down on boosting economy

Supporters of Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Han Kuo-yu of the opposition KMT celebrating his victory in Kaohsiung on Saturday. "Han Kuo-yu was the fuse that ignited the people's unhappiness with DPP," said one political commentator.
Supporters of Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Han Kuo-yu of the opposition KMT celebrating his victory in Kaohsiung on Saturday. "Han Kuo-yu was the fuse that ignited the people's unhappiness with DPP," said one political commentator.PHOTO: REUTERS

Taiwan's badly battered ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will need to buckle down and work on boosting the economy in order to win back voters, say party insiders and analysts.

It would also do well to listen more to the people when implementing reforms, and moderate its approach if necessary, they add.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2018, with the headline 'Out-of-touch DPP to double down on boosting economy'. Print Edition | Subscribe