At first glance, it should also increase the widespread disgust with Ma Ying-jeou, Chairman of the KMT and President of the ROC, among his fellow party-members, increasing tensions within the KMT. It may even result in the ax for the widely dispised Su Chi, whom Ma may toss to the wolves in an attempt to appease party members calling for Su's resignation over the US beef debacle and other problems. It may also result in an acceleration of Ma's sovereignty-eroding foreign policy. How will it affect next year's elections in the municipalities of New Taipei City, Taichung, and elsewhere?
Good news for the DPP -- continued forward momentum and another morale booster. Great work, guys.
UPDATE: Reuters report:
Taiwan's anti-China opposition won all three legislative seats up for grabs in by-elections on Saturday, giving it more clout to propose bills in parliament and further pressuring the Beijing-friendly ruling Nationalists."Formal independence from China." Earth to Reuters: Taiwan isn't part of China. Quit ghostwriting for Xinhua.
The victory for the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which seeks Taiwan's formal independence from China, will see it holding over a quarter of all seats, and increase its odds in later elections.
"We'll have to accept the results and face up to it," King Pu-tsung, secretary-general of the ruling Nationalist Kuomintang (KMT), said at a news conference after the loss.
A double whammy for Ma, since not only did he lose as Chairman, but his picked man King also blew the by-elections.
UPDATE II: Here are the numbers:
Taoyuan turnout rate: 38.42%
Taichung turnout rate: 45.09%
Taitung turnout rate: 39.44%
In Taoyuan, the DPP candidate received 53,633 votes; KMT candidate 36,989, independent 1,760.
In Taichung, the DPP candidate 63,335, KMT candidate 51,776
In Taitung, DPP candidate 23,190, KMT 21,215, independent 2,482
Note the low turnout; it seems many Blues stayed home to protest the KMT's policies.
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