TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) won a second term in office on Saturday in a landslide victory that highlights voters’ confidence with her firm stance on Taiwan’s relations with China.
“Taiwan is showing the world how much we cherish our free, democratic way of life, and how much we cherish our nation: the Republic of China (Taiwan),” she told the international media.
“This result signifies that our administration and legislators have been moving in the right direction over the past four years,” she added.
President Tsai becomes the first-ever female president of Taiwan to win a second term after garnering more than 8.1 million votes, or roughly 57.1 percent of the ballots cast, in a vote where relations with mainland China and the spread of disinformation were two of the key issues.
“I promise that I will not stop reflecting and improving after winning this election,” she went on. “We have made progress over the past four years, but we also have our shortcomings. ”
President Tsai from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had been the top favorite against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜).
“Going forward, we will keep making this country better, with more complete care across society, more comprehensive infrastructure, a more competitive economy, and a more internationalized employment and education environment,” she added. ●
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