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Taiwan:Incumbent Ma wins Taiwan presidential race

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Taiwan’s incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou was reelected for a second term and his Nationalist Party has maintained its majority in parliament.

Ma was up against Tsai Ing-wen of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party and James Soong of the People First Party, in the election held on Saturday.

The results show Ma garnered 51.6 percent of the vote, followed by Tsai with 45.6 percent.

Voter turnout marked a record low of 74.38 percent.

Ma spoke to his supporters later in the day at party headquarters in Taipei. He said he is grateful for another 4-year term in office and added that he will push for necessary reforms and will not betray people’s expectations.
Ma also reiterated his policy of continuing to build closer relations with China. Attention is now focused on whether he intends to expand not only economic but also political ties.

Tsai had aimed to become Taiwan’s first female president and bring her party to power for the first time in 4 years. However, she conceded defeat and expressed her intention to resign as head of the party.

On the same day, a parliamentary election took place. Ma’s Nationalist Party won 64 seats of the 113-member legislature. That’s a loss of 8 seats from the pre-election level, but the party was able to maintain a majority.

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party added 8 seats for a total of 40.



Laaska News.