Taiwan's Lienchiang County Commissioner Liu Tseng-ying reelected

Lienchiang County has become the first municipality out of 22 whose candidate announced victory

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Lienchiang County Commissioner Liu Tseng-ying (劉增應) of the Kuomintang (KMT) won reelection in Taiwan's 2018 local elections, with the area becoming the first out of 22 whose candidate announced victory.

Liu, 60, announced his victory after learning that he had garnered 3,496 votes, as opposed to his rival, independent Wei Yao-chien (魏耀乾).

Lienchiang County, the smallest municipality in the country by population, has long been ruled by the KMT since it began direct elections in 1993.

The municipality has 12,958 people, and 10,773 eligible voters.

Update: Yang Cheng-wu (楊鎮浯), the Kuomintang (KMT) candidate for magistrate of Kinmen County, a military outpost protecting Taiwan against China, is defeating incumbent Commissioner and independent Chen Fu-hai (陳福海).

Both Lienchiang County and Kinmen County are close to the east coast of China.