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Pro-China forces in Taiwan buoyed by ruling party's poll drubbing

President Tsai Ing-wen steps down as DPP leader after series of midterm losses

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party suffered a series of crushing defeats in midterm elections on Nov. 24, in a damning verdict on President Tsai Ing-wen that will invigorate opponents in her own party as well as the pro-China opposition Kuomintang.

Tsai stepped down as leader of the DPP after the party's share of the 22 cities and counties on the island slumped to six from 18 -- a major blow to her prospects for re-election in 2020. The ruling party's share of the vote fell to 39% from 56% in the 2016 presidential election, while support for Kuomintang, or KMT, rose to 49% from just over 31%.

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