Taiwan's ruling party, the Democratic Progressive Party, has elected a new leader, Yu Shyi-kun, a former close aide to president Chen Shui-bian.

Yu won 54 percent of the vote on Sunday to beat M.P. Chai Trong-rong and former legislator Wong Chin-chu.

The previous party president, Su Tseng-chang, resigned to take responsibility for the DPP's crushing defeat in last month's local elections.

The DPP suffered from a corruption scandal involving the president's former deputy chief of staff.

Yu said he appreciated the support of those who helped him win the leadership position. He said his election shows support for his plan to push for a clean party and government.

The DPP and the opposition party Nationalist party are positioning themselves for a presidential election in 2008.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.