Taiwan's Tsai quits as DPP leader after election defeat

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

China-friendly KMT trounces independence-leaning party

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe