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No absolute winner in legislative by-elections: parties

2019/03/17 14:50:26

Taipei, March 17 (CNA) There were no outright winners for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) or the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) in legislative by-elections held Saturday in four cities and counties, representatives of the two parties said later that day.

The DPP retained two legislative seats, while the KMT lost one of the two seats it previously held, but according to Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) of the KMT, this does not mean an outright victory or loss for either of the two parties.

KMT candidates Cheng Shih-wei (鄭世維) and Hsieh Lung-chieh (謝龍介), who respectively fought lone battles, lost to the DPP's Yu Tien (余天) and Kuo Kuo-wen (郭國文) by slim margins in the New Taipei and Tainan races due to full support by the DPP government and low voter turnout rates, according to Han.

The legislative by-elections gave both the KMT and DPP a lesson, he said.

The KMT should not rest on their laurels because of its landslide victory in the nine-in-one local elections in November last year, but should maintain vigilance.

And the DPP's slim margins in the New Taipei and Tainan electoral districts -- two DPP strongholds -- after the party went all-out to campaign for its candidates, signals whether the people are for or against the party, Han said.

He described his rapid ascent to stardom, dubbed the "Han Wave" over the several months is no big deal, attributing it to the feelings and discontent of the people.

This serves as a lesson for all political parties, he said, adding that regardless of which party won, it should be humble and listen to the public and take people's well-being as top priority.

Meanwhile, Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said through a video posted on Facebook Saturday that the results of the legislative by-elections do not mean that the DPP secured a victory, but shows that the electorate is willing to give the DPP an opportunity to improve.

(By Chen Chi-fong and Evelyn Kao)