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Taiwan leader appoints new premier following election loss

AP  |  Taipei 

Taiwanese Ing-wen appointed a close political ally Friday as during a Cabinet reshuffle following the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's heavy losses in local elections.

Su Tseng-chang took charge of the Cabinet amid tense relations with China, which threatens to use force to take control of the island it claims as its own.

responded to Tsai's 2016 victory by cutting all contacts with her government and has ratcheted up economic and diplomatic pressure on the self-governing democracy.

The opposition Nationalist Party, which favours closer ties with Beijing, won 15 of 22 major seats in the November 24 elections, including in the DPP's southern stronghold of

Soon after, resigned as of the DPP, which rejects China's demands for unification with the mainland.

Analysts attributed the losses to disappointment with the performance of Tsai's government, which had won a broad mandate, including seizing a majority in the legislature from the Nationalists for the first time since full democracy was attained three decades ago.

China's pressure campaign has increased Taiwan's international isolation, reducing its number of diplomatic allies to just 17, excluding its representatives to international gatherings, and forcing international companies to designate as a part of

Chinese renewed the threat of invasion in a January 2 address, saying the ruling communists "made no promises to abandon the use of force."

The island's continues to grow at a sluggish pace, and salaries for graduates have remain flat, increasing the lure of opportunities in

Efforts at pension and fiscal reform have also been unpopular.

Su, 71, was a of the DPP during the former under the Nationalists, who shifted their government from to after defeat by the communists on the mainland in 1949.

He previously served as in 2006-07, as well as party chairman,

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 11:30 IST