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Local elections in Taiwan set stage for 2020 presidential race

Voters cool to both President Tsai's DPP and opposition KMT

Support for President Tsai Ing-wen's Democratic Progressive Party has fallen by about half since she took office in 2016.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Candidates for November's islandwide local elections in Taiwan on Nov. 24, began filing paperwork on Monday. The vote will serve as a litmus test for the next presidential election, scheduled for 2020.

It is certain to be a tough race for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, with President Tsai Ing-wen's administration losing support. Voters appear unhappy about infighting in the party and growing pressure from China. Despite its travails, however, the DPP's biggest rival, Kuomintang, has yet to capitalize.

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