Taiwan elects first female president

  • The Democratic Progressive Party's Tsai Ing-wen will replace Ma Ying-jeou of the Nationalists (KMT) as president of Taiwan - Mr. Ma was ineligible to run for a third term
  • Ms. Tsai secured a comfortable victory over Eric Chu of the KMT in Saturday's election. 

  • The DPP also won a majority in Taiwan's 113 seats parliament for the first time. 

  • KMT favours closer ties with China - President Ma met with President Xi in November - while the DPP is considered more 'China hostile', though it has moved closer to the centre ground in recent years and Ms. Tsai has said she is in favour of maintaining the status quo in terms of China-Taiwan relations.


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