On November 24th, Taiwanese voters participated in a local election, largely seen as a test for the ruling administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and the Democratic Progressive Party (民主進步黨), which has been ruling the self-governing island since 2016. Both the President, and her party have clearly failed that test.
In 2016, Tsai Ing-wen, representing the Democratic Progress Party, was elected to the highest office in the country, winning comfortably over her most serious opponent – Eric Chu (朱立倫) – backed by the other of the two biggest political forces in Taiwan, the Kuomintang (國民黨). Her victory, accompanied by DPP’s success in general election, held concurrently to the presidential, ended a two-term dominance of Taiwanese political scene by the KMT. Two years on, the voters seem to have turned away from the more independence-oriented DPP, and opted for the more China-leaning KMT.