TAIWAN, Nov 29 – The premier of Taiwan announced his resignation on Saturday after losing the first election since protests erupted over a controversial trade deal with mainland China. The move by Jiang Yi-huah sets the stage for significant turnover, and possibly reforms, in the East Asian island. Jiang said he’d step down after his ruling Kuomintang placed second in Saturday’s election, with just over 40% support.
The day’s top vote-getter was the Democratic Progressive Party, with more than 47% of the vote. The election came months after protesters from what Taiwanese media dubbed the “Sunflower Movement” occupied Taiwan’s parliament and hit the streets to rail against the trade agreement between Taiwan and mainland China, its longtime adversary, which was signed in Shanghai last year.