Taiwan’s president to resign from party leadership

By William Wan, December 2, 2014

BEIJING — Taiwan’s president announced Tuesday that he will step down as chairman of the ruling party, which suffered heavy losses in local elections last week.

Ma Ying-jeou will remain in office, but the fallout from the election-day drubbing underscores the troubles for the Kuomintang after the party pushed Taiwan toward significantly closer ties with mainland China.

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