DPP Chairwoman Tsai with Changhua candidate Wei Ming-ku
The ruling Kuomintang has suffered a severe drubbing at Taiwan polls. The capital Taipei was lost to Ko Wen-je, an independent candidate backed by the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party. Ko won 57.16% of the vote against KMT’s Sean Lien.
Taichung, traditionally a KMT stronghold, went to the DPP with 57.06% of the vote.
The KMT also lost: Keelung, Hsinchu, Taoyuan, Changhua, Kinmen and Penghu.
In New Taipei City, the KMT candidate Eric Chu hung on to his seat by a razor-thin margin.
Prime Minister of Taiwan Jiang Yi-huah has resigned, taking responsibility for the Nationalists’ poor showing, especially among major cities, Bloomberg reported.
The polls have largely been viewed as a referendum on Taiwan’s relationship with China, with KMT supporters being seen as largely pro-Beijing. Domestic issues that also played a role in electoral outcomes included the government’s handling of food safety scandals, the widening income gap and low wages.
“We have noticed the results of the election,” Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said according to the WSJ. “We hope compatriots across the Strait will cherish hard-won fruits of cross-Strait relations, and jointly safeguard and continue to push forward peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.”
A modified version of an electoral map produced by Sina shows electoral districts (green and grey) in which independents and the DPP have triumphed over the KMT.
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