Taiwan president steps down as party leader after election loss
TAIPEI, Taiwan— Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen announced that she is stepping down as leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party after it lost local elections Saturday.
“The public has shown its opinion. We will conduct a deep review,” Tsai said after the party won control of only six of 22 cities and counties.
The Chinese Nationalist Party, the main opposition force in Taiwan, won 15.
Taiwan’s relations with China have deteriorated significantly since Tsai came to power in the 2016 election, partly because she does not recognize a 1992 agreement that characterizes Taiwan as a part of China.
Since she took office, five of the countries that recognized Taiwan as a sovereign country switched sides in favor of Beijing.