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Premier resigns as government suffers heavy electoral defeat (update)

2014/11/29 20:31:51

●Nov. 29: KMT crushed in local elections; Cabinet to be reshuffled

Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) Premier Jiang Yi-huah announced his resignation Saturday to take responsibility for the Kuomintang's crushing defeat in the local government elections around the country.

The results of the election showed that the people are not satisfied with the government's policies and they have "clearly made their voice heard through their votes", Jiang said at a press conference.

The premier said has tendered his resignation and it has been accepted by President Ma Ying-jeou.

Ma is expected name a new premier shortly so that the Cabinet can be reshuffled, Jiang said.

In local government elections held earlier in the day, the ruling Kuomintang lost five of the six municipalities and managed to win only four of the other 16 cities and counties. In two of those 16 regions, the results remained unclear as of 8:30 p.m.

In the last elections in 2010, the KMT took four municipalities and 12 of the other cities and counties.

(By Jay Chen; click here for a list of results of this year's local elections)