Date: November 23, 2018
By: Kelly Olsen, CNBC
- Taiwan holds local elections on Saturday that analysts say are a de facto referendum on the midway point of President Tsai Ing-wen’s term.
- Voters will choose mayors and local councils, as well as cast ballots on same-sex marriage and phasing out nuclear power.
- Concerns about the economy and relations with China will be on voters’ minds, analysts say.
Taiwan will be holding local elections on Saturday at the mid-point of President Tsai
Ing-wen’s leadership — and the focus will be on the island’s sluggish economy and often fraught relations with China.
While Tsai is not on the ballot, the polls are seen as a chance for the electorate to rate her performance as they vote for mayors, councils and other positions.
Relations across the Taiwan Strait ebb and flow depending on who holds power in Taipei — and tensions with Beijing have risen since Tsai’s independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) swept to power two years ago.
China prefers the Kuomintang (KMT), or Nationalist Party, which eschews talk of going it alone and stresses economic ties with the mainland, from which troops fled in 1949 after defeat in the Chinese Civil War. [FULL STORY]