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2014 ELECTIONS: FEATURE: Saturday’s elections seen as a litmus test for 2016

By Benjamin Yeh  /  AFP, TAIPEI

“I’m not going to vote this time as I was really disappointed in the poor performance of the government,” said Wu, who works for a construction company in Taipei. “Food safety is the most basic demand from the people. The government has to fill the people’s stomachs.”

The DPP has said the local elections are an important prelude to 2016 presidential elections, calling on supporters to cast a “no-confidence” vote.

The KMT-sponsored think tank the National Policy Foundation also emphasized the significance of Saturday’s local elections.

“If the results substantially change the present political landscape, they could impact the 2016 presidential vote,” it said in a research paper, “and even influence Taiwan’s political ecology in the next 10 years.”

Additional reporting by staff writer

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