Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen Resigns as Party Head after Loss to Kuomintang

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen announced her resignation as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party on the weekend after her loss in local elections as the main opposition party the Kuomintang (KMT) claimed victory in 13 of the 21 mayor seats up for grabs. The opposition party even won the seats in Taipei.

Tsai tried to frame local elections to show defiance to China, saying that it would show the world how Taiwan defends its democracy.

According to historic events, KMT is seen to be in favor of China, though the party denies the definition of pro-Beijing. The KMT had focused its campaign on issues like the Covid-19 pandemic, especially after a surge in cases this year.