Taiwan's premier Jiang Yi-huah resigns after his pro-China party looses a slew of traditional strongholds in local elections and an independent candidate wins Taipei's mayoral race. Vanessa Johnston reports.
It was a slew of victories for Tawain's opposition in local elections -- like the mayoral race in the capital Tapei -- that caused premier Jiang Yi-huah to resign Saturday. Tapei's next mayor will be Ko Wen-je, an independent candidate backed by Taiwan's pro-independence party. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) NEWLY-ELECTED TAIPEI CITY MAYOR, KO WEN-JE, SAYING: "I will be more cautious, modest and will be fighting bitterly to realize the campaign promises under the supervision of the people." The mayor's race has been widely interpreted as a test of confidence in the government of Tawain's President Ma Ying-Jeou... ...which has been trying to forge closer ties with China. Supporters of incoming mayor Ko say they hope his win means a better future for their city. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 25-YEAR-OLD KO SUPPORTER, CHEN KAI-JUN, SAYING: "An election is a process, but we should begin to work together starting tomorrow -- to see what Taipei will be like four years from now." Every Taiwan president has been a former mayor of Taipei -- ever since the island introduced direct presidential elections in 1996.