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Veteran KMT lawmaker concedes Taipei seat to first-timer

2016/01/16 20:58:02

Lin Yu-fang (林郁方)

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) A veteran legislator of the ruling Kuomintang conceded Saturday in a tight legislative race in Taipei's 5th District, which was won by a first-time legislative candidate of the New Power Party, the preliminary results showed.

As of 8:45 p.m., Lin Yu-fang (林郁方) of the KMT had a vote count of 76,079 against his main rival Freddy Lim (林昶佐) of the New Power Party, who had about 82,650 votes, the Central Election Commission's tally showed.

Lin, 64, a national defense and foreign affairs expert who was seeking a sixth legislative term, conceded to Lim at around 8 p.m.

His defeat was part of a landslide loss by the KMT in Saturday's presidential and legislative elections, as the vote count continued.

Lim, 39, lead singer of Taiwanese rock band Chthonic, is a first-time legislative candidate and his party was established last year.

On Saturday evening, the KMT's presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫) also conceded to Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

(By Elaine Hou; click here for the full coverage of the elections.)