Taiwan President resigns as DPP chairwoman after local election results

President Tsai asks Premier William Lai to stay on

President Tsai Ing-wen (center) resigns as DPP chairwoman.

President Tsai Ing-wen (center) resigns as DPP chairwoman. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) offered her resignation as Chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party and Premier William Lai (賴清德) likewise offered his as Prime Minister, after it became clear Saturday evening that the party had lost local elections.

Of the 13 cities and counties the DPP had won at the previous local and regional vote in 2014, it looked likely to hold onto only seven.

Tsai had been holding onto the DPP leadership position after she took office as President in May 2016.

She told a news conference that, as party leader, she had to bear full responsibility for the election results, and therefore she resigned immediately.

Earlier, Lai had offered his resignation as Prime Minister to the President, but she had reportedly turned it down, asking him to stay on and continue with necessary reforms. The Presidential Secretary-General, Chen Chu, also tendered her resignation.

The DPP will appoint an acting Chairperson on Wednesday before preparing to elect a new leader, the Central News Agency reported.