15 Jan 2024

Some new developments in Taiwan's presidential & legislative elections.

The DDP’s Lai Ching-te won Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election on Saturday with 40% of the vote, but the ruling party failed to hold onto its parliamentary majority. Pro-Beijing Kuomintang, or KMT, won 52 seats in the legislature — one more than the DPP which lost 10 seats in Taiwan’s parliament from its previous 61, giving up its majority. Lai Ching-te will face a split parliament that will likely moderate his policy agenda, with Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) seen as the king maker with eight seats since neither of the two major parties won an outright majority in the 113-seat Legislative Yuan. What’s next? The split legislature) will mean the Lai administration will struggle to pass much of his agenda unless either coordinating with the TPP or just focusing on the few areas where there may be broader consensus. The outcome could see President Lai embracing a more restrained China policy — particularly since KMT and TPP have advocated a more conciliatory posture — even as Beijing is likely to ramp up pressure on Taiwan’s government when Lai is officially inaugurated as president in May. The new parliament will take office next month. Beijing will pay particular attention to signals from Lai’s inauguration speech. Apart from military exercises, Beijing may also impose new tariffs or sanction Taiwanese companies that are political donors to the DPP. Source: CNBC


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