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Reuters/Pichi Chuang - A woman walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during local elections in Taipei, November 29, 2014.

Opinion

Taiwan’s Changing Political Landscape: The KMT's Landslide Defeat in the Nine-in-One Elections

December 2014, Min-Hua Huang

Taiwan’s November 29 municipal elections were a major defeat for the ruling KMT. International media have focused on cross-strait relations, but Min-Hua Huang writes that domestic issues drove the elections. Huang also explains why the election results represent a major shift in Taiwan’s political landscape, and identifies some implications for the presidential and legislative elections in early 2016.

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