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Prime Minister of Taiwan Jiang Yi-huah resigned after election loss

Dec 2, 2014 15:10 IST

The Prime Minister of Taiwan Jiang Yi-huah on 29 November 2014 resigned after election loss. He lost his first election since protests erupted over a controversial trade deal with mainland China.

His ruling party Kuomintang party (KMT) was placed second in election with just over 40 percent support. Democratic Progressive Party won the elections with more than 47 percent of the vote.

KMT had lost in five out of Taiwan's six large municipalities. Prior to the vote they had held four of them. The polls are seen as an important test ahead of the 2016 presidential race, with China policy a key issue.

The election came months after protesters from what Taiwanese media dubbed the Sunflower Movement occupied Taiwan's parliament and hit the streets to rail against the trade agreement between Taiwan and mainland China, its longtime adversary, which was signed in Shanghai in 2013.

The move by Jiang Yi-huah sets the stage for significant turnover, and possibly reforms, in the East Asian island.

 

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