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Taiwanese prime minister resigns following ruling party's landslide election losses

Saying he took "political responsibility," Taiwanese Prime Minister Jiang Yi-huah announced his resignation on Saturday, Al Jazeera English reports.

The ruling Nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) party suffered landslide losses across elections for municipality, county, township, and village seats, including longtime strongholds in both Taipei and Taichung. President Ma Ying-jeou has developed stronger relations with China, which lost the island from its territory in 1949; the votes against Ying-jeou's party suggest the Nationalists may struggle to maintain control of the presidency in 2016.