November 24, 2018 / 1:24 PM / 24 days ago

Taiwan president resigns as ruling party chairwoman after election defeats

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen announces her resignation as chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after local elections in Taipei, Taiwan November 24, 2018. REUTERS/Ann Wang

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday she was resigning as chairwoman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party after mayoral election defeats.

Tsai also told a news conference that she had not accepted the resignation of her premier, William Lai, who had offered to quit earlier in the evening.

Reporting by Jess Macy Yu; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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