Taiwan leader Tsai quits as ruling party chief

Sunday, Nov 27, 2022

Taipei: Taiwan´s President Tsai Ing-wen has stepped down as head of her ruling party after it suffered defeat in Saturday´s local elections, while the Beijing-friendly main opposition held its ground.

Voters cast ballots for mayors, magistrates and various other posts in 22 cities and counties in elections Tsai had previously described as a stage to showcase “Taiwan´s persistence and resolve to defend freedom and democracy” as Beijing ramps up pressure on the island.

But her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lost four out of the island´s six key mayoralties, including capital Taipei.

“The election results were not as expected.... I should shoulder all the responsibility and I resign as DPP chairwoman immediately,” Tsai, who will stay on as president of the self-ruled island, told reporters.