Taipei, Nov. 27 (CNA) The five municipality council elections sawa neck-and-neck race between Taiwan's two major political partieswith the main opposition party grabbing more seats than it did in thelast elections, vote results showed Saturday.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the rulingKuomintang (KMT) each won a total of 130 seats in the five councilsin Taipei City, Xinbei City, Taichung City, Tainan City and KaohsiungCity.
The DPP's considerable gain in council seats was the fruit ofteamwork and the increasing support from voters, said its ChairwomanTsai Ing-wen after she lost the mayoral race in Xinbei City.
DPP took hold of 35.34 percent of the votes, compared with KMT's38.63 percent, according to the official results released by theCentral Election Commission.
Combining the votes the DPP won in local elections over the pasttwo years, the party gained about 48.21 percent of the votes, morethan 45.76 percent of the KMT, DPP Secretary General Wu Nai-jenadded.
The numbers showed DPP is already able to compete on an equalfooting with the ruling party, Tsai noted.
Neither of the two parties were able to win enough seats neededfor a majority in all councils, however, as minor parties' candidatesand independents garnered a total of 54 seats.
(By Kendra Lin)