Taiwan Vice-President Wu Den-yih resigns as vice-chairman of ruling KMT after poll rout

TAIPEI - Taiwan Vice-President Wu Den-yih has tendered his resignation as vice-chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), becoming the latest casualty of the party's landslide defeat in last weekend's local elections, the quasi-official Central News Agency reported on Monday.

Another vice-chairman Hau Lung-pin, who is also Taipei mayor, had quit earlier to take blame for the rout. So has Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan.

Party chief and President Ma Ying-jeou is expected to announce his own resignation on Wednesday, Taiwan media has reported.

Another vice-chairman Eric Chu, who won re-election on Saturday as mayor of New Taipei City, is one of the frontrunners to succeed Ma.

KMT, which has ruled Taiwan almost continuously since 1949, won just six out of 22 municipalities and counties in Saturday's election, in what is said to be the party's worst electoral defeat. Main opposition Democratic Progressive Party won 13 seats while independents took three, including the capital Taipei.