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Taiwan president resigns as party losses

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party following local election losses suffered by her party.

Tsai offered her resignation and said it was a tradition after a major loss, in a short speech in which she also thanked supporters.

She said she will shoulder the responsibility as she had hand-picked candidates in Saturday’s elections.

voters in Taiwan overwhelmingly chose the opposition Nationalist party in several major races across the self-ruled island in an election Saturday in which lingering concerns about threats from China took a backseat to more local issues.

Writing by Marian Benjamin