Taiwan’s Local Elections Likely to Have Regional Impact

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou bows as he tenders his resignation as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party, Taipei, Taiwan, Dec. 3, 2014 (AP photo by Wally Santana).
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou bows as he tenders his resignation as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party, Taipei, Taiwan, Dec. 3, 2014 (AP photo by Wally Santana).

Last month, Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party lost local elections, receiving only 40 percent of the vote. The defeat caused Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou to reshuffle his Cabinet and step down as KMT party chairman. In an email interview, Joel Atkinson, research fellow at the Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development at Yonsei University, South Korea, discussed Taiwan’s domestic politics. WPR: What factors led to the Kuomintang’s defeat in local elections, and what are the implications for the national-level political balance with the Democratic Progressive Party? Joel Atkinson: The results reflect widespread dissatisfaction with where Taiwan is going. The […]

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