Popular Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je won re-election

Taipei city mayor and city mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taipei (The China Post) Millions of voters went to the polls on Saturday for Taiwan’s local elections. It is seen as a test of confidence for President Ing-wen Tsai (蔡英文) who has faced mounting pressure from China and a domestic backlash over the economy. And it seems that the people in Taiwan have conveyed the disappointment for the rule of Tsai since DPP lost for the mayoral elections in New Taipei City, Taichung, and Kaohsiung so far. As a result, Tsai resigned as the chairman of DPP.

Taipei city mayor and city mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) celebrates his victory with supporters in Taipei, Sunday early morning, Nov. 25, 2018. Beside the razor-close race in Taipei, the die is cast for other cities. The KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) just announced his victory in the southern city of Kaohsiung, long a stronghold for Tsai’s party. In Taichung, the candidate of KMT Xiu Yan Lu (盧秀燕) unexpectedly beat the DPP candidate Jia Long Lin (林佳龍). Also, the KMT candidate You-Yi Hou (侯友宜) won the election in New Taipei City.

The voters in Taiwan selected more than 10,000 local officials, ranging from the mayors of the six special municipalities to commissioners of 16 cities and counties and thousands of grass roots deputies. In the six special municipalities, the candidates from DPP only took the Taoyuan City And Tainan City so far. It is also seen as the failure of the ruling party.