Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party regains control of Kaohsiung with landslide victory

  • Former vice-premier Chen Chi-mai secures more than 70pc of vote in pro-independence stronghold
  • Vote follows decision to recall defeated KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu

South China Morning Post
Date: 15 Aug, 2020
By: Lawrence Chung

Former Taiwanese vice-premier Chen Chi-mai won a landslide in Kaohsiung’s mayoral by-election on Saturday, recapturing the southern port city for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party after its surprise loss two years ago.

“Thank you all,” said Chen as he bowed to his supporters rallying in front of his campaign headquarters.

“I believe the end of the by-election means the start of a new era during which all of us, regardless of different parties and ideologies, will work together to promote Kaohsiung,” he said.

The by-election followed a vote to recall defeated presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu, from the main opposition party Kuomintang, amid voter dissatisfaction over his record and decision to run for president less than a year after he took office as Kaohsiung mayor.   [FULL  STORY]

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