Taiwan Premier Resigns After Party Loses Major Election
Taiwan's Prime Minister Jiang Yi-Huah stepped down after his KMT party suffered major defeats across the country in local elections.By Matt Picht | November 29, 2014
Taiwan's prime minister has resigned after the country's ruling party suffered widespread defeat in local elections Saturday.
Premier Jiang Yi-Huah stepped down after taking political responsibility for the huge losses suffered by his Kuomintang, or KMT, party. Jiang's resignation also triggered the exit of the current cabinet ministers; new ministerial appointments are expected to be made shortly.
Polling results aren't all in yet, but the KMT's losses are already abundantly clear; the party lost control of traditional strongholds to the rival Democratic Progressive Party, or DPP. The KMT also gave up five of the six key municipal elections to elect mayors for Taiwan's major cities.