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Tsai names new premier after resignation over poll losses

16:50 11-01-2019
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Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has named the ruling pro-independence party's former chairman as premier, after the incumbent stepped down along with the entire cabinet in the wake of a setback in local polls, Al Lazeera reports.

The election losses in November presented a major challenge to Tsai, who came under criticism at home over her reform agenda while facing renewed threats from China, which considers self-ruled Taiwan a breakaway province.

Tsai on Friday appinted Su Tseng-chang, the former chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for two terms, who succeeds William Lai

"Taiwan's democracy and development must face certain challenges," Tsai said, adding that China was looking to force its "one country, two systems" structure on the island.