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Ex-President Ma denies causing KMT 2014, 2016 election defeats
Former President Ma Ying-Jeou has rejected the idea that the Kuomintang's (KMT) close relations with China under his leadership had been a reason for his party's defeats in the 2014 local and 2016 presidential elections.
The Legislative Yuan on Tuesday passed an amendment to the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act, which lowers the minimum turnout threshold needed to recall an elected official, and permits campaigning during recall proceedings.
The air quality in central and southern areas of Taiwan and the offshore county of Kinmen fell to hazardous levels on Tuesday due to a lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) yesterday apologized for criticizing Hualien voters on social media after they elected a Kuomintang mayor.
Former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said on Saturday that he would "listen more to voices of the public before determining whether to participate in the KMT chairmanship election" in 2017.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) claimed a resounding victory over the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), winning both the presidency and a majority in the Legislature with more than 60 seats of the total 113 seats in the Legislative Yuan.
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) appears to be more flexible than the first person from her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to win the presidency, Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), a former director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Sunday.
Scholars have voiced mixed opinions about the direction of ties between Taiwan and China after the victory of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in Saturday's election.
Taiwan's smaller political parties again showed clout in the national election, with the 1-year-old New Power Party (NPP) taking votes from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and the People First Party (PFP) competing head-on with the Kuomintang (KMT).
Governments around the world have congratulated President-elect Tsai Ing-wen on her winning the presidential election and praised the development of democracy in Taiwan.
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