KMT scrambles to retain dignity after huge defeat

KMT scrambles to retain dignity after huge defeat
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou bows during a news conference with party officials.

Jubilant and distraught voters found the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) in a frantic state after its crushing defeat on Saturday, with its ranking officials scrambling around to either take or shy away from responsibility.

Seeing the scales of judgment tip against the KMT, Premier Jiang Yi-hua tendered his resignation before 8 p.m. rolled around on Saturday, and his actions sent the Cabinet into its own state of frenzy. Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih promised to stay loyal to Jiang and leave at the same time, Economics Minister Duh Tzyy-jiun resigned on Sunday and the Cabinet announced that a total of 81 Cabinet-level officials will also tender their resignations en masse today.

Even incumbent Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin chimed in, saying that he would resign as KMT vice chairman.

As the waves of an upcoming reshuffle roll on, the one person who was expected to resign chose an easier way out: President Ma Ying-jeou has reportedly decided to drop his position as the party's chairman, but keep his throne as the nation's ruler. The dilemma was said by Vice President Wu Den-yi to be a difficult one, as "Ma would shoulder more responsibility if he stayed on as chairman, but if he resigned, he would face the urgent need of amending the party charter as it calls for the President to double automatically as the party's chairman."

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