DPP vows introspection following election loss
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says its poor showing in the local government elections is indicative of public opinion and the party will now seek "self-reflection."
According to DPP Secretary-General Lin Hsi-yao, the party will squarely face the reasons for its setback at the polls, after it managed to secure only five of the 21 city and county leadership seats. The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) secured 13 of the 21 seats up for grabs, while the DPP ended with two less seats than it had going into the local elections.
The DPP's secretary-general says he believes the internal decision-making teams that shape major party policies should be held responsible, as the loss reflects public opinion of its performance.
Lin also says the DPP's chances of recovery will depend on how it acts going forward into two legislative by-elections and one mayoral election that will be taking place soon.
The Central Election Commission has set 18 December as the date for the Chiayi mayoral election, which was not on Saturday, as one the candidates died suddenly earlier in the month while the legislative by-elections in Taipei and Nantou County are scheduled for early next year.