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Taiwan's Ma to step down as ruling party head after polls defeat

Mr Ma said "we lost an election but we can't lose the people's trust in the KMT . . . We won't be defeated if we can reflect and reform."


TAIWAN'S President Ma Ying-jeou announced on Tuesday that he will step down as chairman of the ruling party in the wake of an "unprecedented huge defeat" in the island's biggest ever local elections.

The Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT), which Mr Ma has chaired since 2009,