Taiwan President travels to Kaohsiung to discuss election results

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

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President Tsai Ing-wen (center) shakes hands with DPP mayoral candidate Chen Chi-mai (second from left) as she arrives in Kaohsiung Tuesday.

President Tsai Ing-wen (center) shakes hands with DPP mayoral candidate Chen Chi-mai (second from left) as she arrives in Kaohsiung Tuesday. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - In her first public appearance since last Saturday’s local elections, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) 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 (陳其邁), she once again apologized 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 (林右昌) 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.