Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) loses local elections
BEIJING, November 27 – RIA Novosti. Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which advocates the island’s independence and opposes any rapprochement with Beijing, lost the local elections, according to final data from the island’s Central Election Commission.
On Saturday, Taiwanese people elected city mayors, district heads, deputy city and county councils, heads of village and town governments, micro-region heads, indigenous communities’ heads, and people’s representatives; levels are distributed.
More than 17.6 thousand polling stations operated from 8.00 to 16.00 (3.00 – 11.00 Moscow time). 19.13 million people over the age of 20 were able to vote in the elections and the turnout was only 60%, a relatively low rate for local elections in Taiwan.
Elections were held in 21 of Taiwan’s 22 administrative divisions, in Chiayi City, voting will be held separately on December 18, postponed due to the death of one of the candidates, according to estimates there is the election of the current mayor of the city. has the best chance of winning, he is a member of the Kuomintang.
On Saturday, candidates from the opposition Kuomintang Party took over the island’s 13 administrative divisions, including four of Taiwan’s six largest metropolitan areas, where about 70% of Taiwan’s population live. The opposition candidates will receive the mayors of the cities of Xinbei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Jilong, as well as the heads of the counties of Xinchu, Zhanghua, Yunlin, Nantou, Yilan, Hualien, Taidong, Lianjiang. Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, has elected 45-year-old Kuomintang candidate Jiang Wan’an, the youngest mayor in history.
DPP candidates won in the special municipalities of Tainan and Kaohsiung, as well as Pingtung, Chiayi and Penghu counties. Independent candidates won in Miaoli and Kinmen counties, and Taiwan People’s Party won the nomination in Hsinchu City.
The selected candidates will take office on 25 December.
Taiwan’s general manager, Tsai Ing-wen, stated that he resigned from the DPP chairmanship after the results were announced, emphasizing that the party accepted the disappointing results in the current elections and emphasized that they should take responsibility for them. The island’s central news agency writes that Tsai Ing-wen’s decision potentially creates uncertainty for the party 14 months before the next election for the island’s chief of staff.
The island’s prime minister, Su Zhengchang, also verbally resigned, but Cai Ing-wen did not accept this and asked him to stay in his post to ensure that the implementation of the main political path was not interrupted.
Tsai Ing-wen first became leader of the DPP in 2008, then left and returned to this post several times. After the 2018 local government elections, in which the DPP suffered a significant defeat by the Kuomintang, Cai Ing-wen also resigned as party chairman as soon as the results were announced, but re-led the party in May 2020.
Observers noted that during voting, including damage to ballot papers (could result in fines of $160 to $1.6k), smuggling cell phones into polling booths ($970 to $9.7k fine), campaigning from less distance. He recorded more than 70 violations. more than 30 meters (fine from $1.6k to $16,000) from polling stations.
The Central News Agency pointed out that Saturday’s elections should not be seen as a harbinger of what could happen in Taiwan’s next general managerial elections in early 2024, as the Kuomintang Party failed to capitalize on the success of the 2018 local elections to secure a victory in parliament. 2020 elections and presidential elections.
Relations between the PRC central government and the island province were disrupted in 1949 when Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, defeated in a civil war with the Chinese Communist Party, moved to Taiwan. Commercial and informal contacts between Taiwan and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. From the beginning of the 1990s, the parties began to communicate through non-governmental organizations.
Relations between Taipei and Beijing slowly began to improve in 2008, after the pro-Beijing Kuomintang Party led by Ma Ying-jeou came to power and was criticized for this by members of the opposition, who moved towards greater independence for Taiwan. Under Ma Yingjiu, a number of important economic agreements in the field of tourism and trade were signed between the parties, but significant political progress was not achieved. Beijing later gifted Taipei two pandas to commemorate the warming of relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
The issue of Taiwan’s independence from mainland China has escalated again after the current chairman of the administration, Tsai Ing-wen, took power in 2016. Chinese President Xi Jinping later said that China “will not accept any action to achieve Taiwan’s so-called independence”. In 2020, Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which opposes rapprochement with China, won the island’s parliamentary elections again in 2020, and Tsai Ing-wen remains head of the island’s administration for another term until 2024.
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