Taiwan president resigns as DPP chair following election setback


By Matthew Strong, Taiwan News

26th November 2022 – (Taipei) President Tsai Ing-wen said Saturday she was resigning as chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after it only won five cities and counties in local elections.

Premier Su Tseng-chang also tendered his resignation, but Tsai had won his agreement to stay on, according to the Liberty Times.

The DPP only maintained its hold on four cities and counties in the south, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Pingtung, and Chiayi County, while winning Penghu County from the Kuomintang (KMT). The DPP lost Taoyuan City and Keelung City to the KMT and Hsinchu City to the Taiwan People’s Party, while failing to capture Taipei City, which was won by the KMT.

Tsai told a news conference the election results had not been what she had expected, so she needed to shoulder responsibility and resign from the party’s leadership, the Liberty Times reported. There was still a significant gap between the DPP’s local management and the expectations of the public, she said.