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Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou apologized to ruling Kuomintang (KMT) supporters for the party's crushing defeat in Taiwan's local elections Saturday but vowed to continue his party's reforms and liberalization policy.
"Now my responsibility is to put forth reform proposals," said Ma, who also leads the KMT as chairman, adding that he will not evade his responsibility.
He urged KMT supporters to "wipe clean your tears" and unite for the party, for Taiwan and for the Republic of China, convinced that "the KMT will not be struck down."
He also turned to all voters in the country to leave behind their campaign rhetoric now that the election was over, with the KMT ending up in power in only six city or counties, after holding 15 top administrative posts entering the elections.
Ma pledged he would more humbly make even greater efforts to show his government's sincerity in leading the country into the future.
Ma made his statements after approving the resignations of both Premier Jiang Yi-huah and KMT Secretary General Tseng Yung-chuan, meaning a shake-up in both the executive branch of government and within the ruling party is imminent.
He did not make any mention, however, of any intention to resign as chairman of the KMT.
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