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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen announced her resignation Saturday as head of the Democratic Progressive Party after the party suffered a "crushing defeat" in local government elections, according to state media.

The Central News Agency reported Tsai apologized to supporters for the ruling party's "disappointing performance" in a speech at its headquarters, and she took full responsibility for the party's losses.

Although she resigned as the party head, Tsai -- the first woman to be elected President of Taiwan -- will serve out the remainder of her term. The next presidential election is scheduled for January 2020.

According to CNA, Tsai said while her administration is moving in the right direction, the election results were proof that the Taiwanese people are setting a higher standard for their government.

The pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party is expected to undergo a "major reshuffle" soon, Tsai said, to prepare for the challenges ahead, CNA reported.
Premier Lai Ching-te echoed Tsai in a Facebook post, saying the election results indicated the public's dissatisfaction with the government's performance.
Lai had offered to resign earlier Saturday and take ownership of the party's defeat, but Tsai asked him to stay on as premier to ensure the continuity of the government's policies and initiatives.

Tsai was elected President in a landslide victory in January 2016 after a political career mostly as an outsider. She joined the Democratic Progressive Party in 2004 and was its chairwoman by 2008. She lost her first bid for the presidency in 2012 and resigned as the party head before taking the mantle back up in 2014.(CNN)

  Comments - 14

  • Ananthan Sunday, 25 November 2018 12:06 PM

    Oh my god, she made a huge mistake. She should consult with our politicians before she resign. LANKAWEA EAMA WENA NEA.

    ANTON Sunday, 25 November 2018 12:41 PM


    My3 Sunday, 25 November 2018 12:13 PM

    Oh Mam, you should be following our My3..... he couldn’t even get 10% of votes in last elections, his decisions were defeated again and again in the House. Still he is the President and he will also contest for the next election too.

    Amendra Sunday, 25 November 2018 12:32 PM

    You mean like RW who set a world record by losing 25 elections?

    surasea Sunday, 25 November 2018 05:36 PM

    Yes, RW lost many occasions and let the winners to rule. Is that the case with MR and MS???

    Shareef Sunday, 25 November 2018 12:56 PM

    Amendra; RW sets world record within the legality of his functions. Does not hang-on otherwise. Only loophole was his Bond issue and that too did not benefit him or was planned to benefit him. Just a matter of trusting an old friend.

    pnk Sunday, 25 November 2018 12:58 PM

    My3 doesn't recognize Taiwan as instructed by MR and his colonial master. That's the reason he won't follow you.

    Arith Sunday, 25 November 2018 02:11 PM

    I think MS

    Brahakmana Sunday, 25 November 2018 02:15 PM

    A leader of character Says goodbye to the party leadership to reorganise the future

    Amila Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:46 PM

    The opposite of Ranil !!

    Lion Sunday, 25 November 2018 04:39 PM

    Not something to do with SL politics. MR was a two time President lost when he contested third time and still roaming around for power.

    Sri Sunday, 25 November 2018 04:57 PM


    raj Sunday, 25 November 2018 07:22 PM

    Likewise, Mr.Srisena should resign., He should have resigned after his party lost in the last election while MR's party won seats. It is time to go home.

    Till Sunday, 25 November 2018 07:34 PM

    Here in Srilanka one awaiting to follow you

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