Opposition wins by landslide; Jiang resigns

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The opposition camp took control in Taipei and most other local governments that were up for grabs in elections yesterday, winning by a landslide that forced Premier Jiang Yi-huah to resign. Independent hopeful Ko Wen-je routed ruling Kuomintang (KMT) rival Sean Lien in the Taipei mayoral race by a wide margin, while the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took four special municipalities �X Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung �X and nine other cities and counties.

��We’ve toppled the high wall of ideology,�� said Ko as he addressed his jubilant supporters in a concert-like rally after preliminary results showed that he won by more than 240,000 votes. ��I promise that I’ll be a mayor of all citizens,�� he said, reiterating his election platform of transcending all party boundaries.

DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen led ranking party officials to thank supporters as they celebrated the victory.

The ruling KMT managed to maintain control in one of the six special municipalities, New Taipei, only after a much tougher-than-expected battle. The results mean the number of KMT-controlled local governments has been reduced from 15 to six.

Premier Jiang Resigns ��The election results have shown that the government’s policies have failed to satisfy the people. The voters have sent out their message via their votes,�� said Jiang at a press conference after preliminary results were made available. ��Therefore I assume the political responsibility and have offered to resign,�� Jiang said. He added that President Ma Ying-jeou had already accepted his resignation but has yet to decide on his successor.