Taiwan's Tsai quits as DPP leader after election defeat

China-friendly KMT trounces independence-leaning party

Mr Han's supporters celebrating his victory last night.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen last night said “democracy taught us a lesson today; we have to meet the people’s higher expectations”, after her party’s heavy loss. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Ms Lu Shiow-yen from the opposition KMT speaking after her victory in the race to be Taichung mayor last night. Mr Han Kuo-yu of the opposition KMT acknowledging the crowd's cheers after winning the race to be mayor of Kaohsiung.
Mr Han Kuo-yu of the opposition KMT acknowledging the crowd's cheers after winning the race to be mayor of Kaohsiung. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen last night said "democracy taught us a lesson today; we have to meet the people's higher expectations", after her party's heavy loss.
Mr Han’s supporters celebrating his victory last night. PHOTO: REUTERS
Ms Lu Shiow-yen from the opposition KMT speaking after her victory in the race to be Taichung mayor last night. Mr Han Kuo-yu of the opposition KMT acknowledging the crowd's cheers after winning the race to be mayor of Kaohsiung.
Ms Lu Shiow-yen from the opposition KMT speaking after her victory in the race to be Taichung mayor last night. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as chairman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday after it was beaten emphatically in local elections seen as a midterm test of her rule.

The pro-independence DPP was trounced not only in the second largest city of Taichung but also in its stronghold of Kaohsiung.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 25, 2018, with the headline Taiwan's Tsai quits as DPP leader after election defeat. Subscribe