Taiwan premier, cabinet to quit after local election trouncing

FILE PHOTO: Taiwanese new premier William Lai speaks during a cabinet transition ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan September 8, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan Premier William Lai will resign along with the self-ruled island’s entire cabinet, Lai said on Thursday, following the defeat of his ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in local elections last year.

Lai told reporters in Taipei that he would step down along with his cabinet on Friday.

Lai’s departure was widely expected. It is standard practice in Taiwan for leaders to go when their party loses a major election. The DPP suffered a significant defeat in November to the China-friendly opposition Kuomintang.

It is also customary for the cabinet to step down when the premier resigns.

President Tsai Ing-wen is expected to announce a new premier, Lai said, and ministerial appointments would follow.

Reporting By Yimou Lee; Editing by Robert Birsel

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