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Women take 7 of Taiwan's 22 council speaker seats

Women take 7 of Taiwan's 22 council speaker seats

Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) A new day for women dawned in Taiwan Thursday, with females winning seven of the 22 city and county council speaker positions throughout the country. The seven are Wu Pi-chu of Taipei City, Kang Yu-cheng of Kaohsiung City, Jao Ching-ling of Taitung County, Liu Chen Chao-ling of Penghu County, Sung Wei-li of Keelung City, Hsiao Shu-li of Chiayi City and Hung Li-ping of Kinmen County. All of them, except Kang of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and independent Hsiao, are members of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), which suffered a resounding defeat in the local government elections on Nov. 29. Kinmen's Hung became speaker on a draw as two rounds of ballots failed to decide a winner. Another speaker -- New Taipei City Council's Chiang Ken-huang -- also landed the job after a draw. All told, KMT members took 15 speaker positions, although the party won only six city or county government seats. The DPP, which snatched 13 local government seats, landed only three speaker jobs, while the other four went to independents. (By S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-10-25 04:18 GMT+08:00