Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party retained two seats in its southern island stronghold in legislative by-elections Saturday as support for the rival Nationalist Party collapsed, sending another warning to the ruling KMT ahead of legislative and presidential polls in late 2011 to early 2012.The scores were 69-30 K-town and 61-38 in Tainan. What does this mean for the Presidential and legislative elections up in 2012? Probably nothing. Overwhelmingly Green areas, no way the KMT candidates were going to win, so KMT turnout was not stimulated.
The seats in Kaohsiung and Tainan were marginal wins of 2.1 percent and 3.3 percent for the pro-independence DPP in the 2008 legislative elections, but the KMT vote in Saturday's contests fell precipitously amid a low turnout.
DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said the result sent the message that Taiwan "is longing for change" after three years of President Ma Ying- jeou's administration.
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