Taipei (CNA) — Former Cabinet Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) was elected chairman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in a by-election Sunday, according to DPP acting Chairman Lin Yu-chang (林右昌).
Cho gained 24,699 votes, or 72.6 percent of the ballots cast by DPP members in the election, beating his rival You Ying-lung (游盈隆), chairman of the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation, who gained 9,323 ballots.
The DPP will confirm Cho’s election as chairman at its central advisory meeting Wednesday and he will take over the post formally from Lin.
The by-election was held to replace President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who resigned as DPP chairwoman on Nov. 24, 2018, in the wake of her party’s heavy losses in the local government elections earlier in the day.
Cho’s term will run until May 19, 2020.
By Flor Wang