Tai­wan pres­i­dent steps down as party leader af­ter elec­tion loss

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

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.

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