Government to reflect on mistakes, change for the better: Tsai

Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday that her ruling party will reflect on its mistakes and re-evaluate the government’s major policies and members and make changes when necessary.

“And most importantly, I’m the one that needs to change,” she said on her Facebook page.

Tsai, who resigned as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairwoman after her party’s massive defeat in local elections Saturday, said she took responsibility for the setback.

“As I said, I’m the one to shoulder the defeat,” Tsai said, adding that Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) and Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊) both agreed to retract their resignations and agreed to remain in their posts to fight another day.

Whether the newly elected local officials are from the DPP or the opposition Kuomintang, she said public office is a public trust, and that all parties must work together toward the common goal of safeguarding the people’s welfare.

Tsai said she has already extended her congratulations to the six elected special municipality mayors and said she will make arrangements to meet them in person.