Taiwan President travels to Kaohsiung to discuss election results

29-Nov-2018 Intellasia | Taiwan News | 6:00 AM Print This Post

DPP played poor first half, but can still play positive second half: Tsai

In her first public appearance since last Saturday’s local elections, President Tsai Ing-wen traveled to Kaohsiung Tuesday to discuss the aftermath of the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) poor performance.

The ruling party lost seven of the original 13 cities and counties it controlled, including Kaohsiung, the southern harbor town it has governed for 20 years. As a result, Tsai resigned from her position as DPP chairperson last Saturday evening, with an acting leader still to be chosen on Wednesday.

Arriving in Kaohsiung to be met by the losing mayoral candidate, former DPP legislator Chen Chi-mai, she once again apologised for the result and encouraged the party to reflect.

The reform process after the elections could not be hidden behind closed doors, but had to be translated into action, Tsai wrote on her Facebook page.

Her visit to Kaohsiung was only the first step in a series of moves to listen to the voice of the rank-and-file, she said.

While the DPP played badly during the first half, after due reflection, it would certainly play a positive second half, the Liberty Times quoted the president as saying.

Separately, successfully re-elected DPP Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang said the central government should in future discuss its plans with legislators and local officials before turning them into policies in order to avoid resentment or protests from the public, the Central News Agency reported.



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