Chiang Wan-an, the great-grandson of the late Kuomintang leader — who fought and lost a civil war against Mao Zedong’s communists and is remembered by many Taiwanese for his repression — becomes the youngest person to be elected mayor of Taipei at age 43.
“Everyone, we did it!” he said in a short speech to a crowd of thousands outside his campaign headquarters.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Chen Shih-chung had previously apologized to his supporters at his campaign headquarters. The election is President Tsai’s last major test DPP before her second and final term as president comes to an end and Taiwan elects a successor in early 2024.
The opposition Kuomintang, or Nationalist Party, hopes winnings in local races will help it make a comeback after consecutive defeats in presidential elections in 2016 and 2020. KMT leads the DPP by 50% to 41.8% in all city and county leadership contests, according to the Central Election Commission, with more than 10 million votes counted. The KMT led in four of the six races for mayor of the island’s largest cities, home to about 70% of the population. It went into the day with two of the spots.