Taiwan Prime Minister Resigns

Jiang Yi-huah, the Prime Minister of Taiwan, has resigned after his ruling pro-China party suffered defeats in local elections.

The Kuomintang party, KMT, appears to have lost control of districts across the country, including the mayor’s office in the capital, Taipei.

Saturday’s polls were widely seen as a referendum on relations with China.

KMT supporters had argued for good relations with China, which views Taiwan as a renegade province.

Yi-huah said he was stepping down in order to take responsibility for the defeat.

China and Taiwan, a close US ally, have been ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949.

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