Sat Jan 19th, 2008 at 09:44:41 AM EST
BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Taiwan nationalists in huge win (12 January 2008)
Taiwan nationalists in huge win
Taiwan's opposition nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) party has won a landslide victory in parliamentary polls, official results show.
The KMT, which wants closer ties with China, secured 72% of the seats in the 113-seat chamber, beating President Chen Shui-bian's party, the DPP.
The independence-leaning president said he was "shamed", resigning as chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party.
The elections are seen as a barometer for the presidential poll on 22 March.
China regards Taiwan as a renegade province that should be reunified.
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I haven't had a lot of contact with people in/from Taiwan over the last 6 months or so, so I don't feel qualified to comment in depth.
An earlier BBC Story suggests there is a lot of uncertainty whether this result will push the KMT candidate to victory in the presidential election or inspire a backlash in favour of the DPP.
The system give the president wide ranging powers around select the premier, forcing legislation through committee channels and the ability to dissolve parliament. As such, most eyes are on that upcoming (March 22nd) election.
I have no real understanding of the KMT position at this moment, they "want closer ties with China" (and there is heavy suspicion that they are funded largely from the mainland) but I don't know if they have any policy proposals likely to cause a backlash in either the diplomatic or domestic arenas.