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Taiwan Election : President Tsai wins second term with huge victory

Taiwan's incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen was elected to a second four-year term Saturday, winning by a wide margin over her main competitor, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT).

The 63-year-old former trade negotiator of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won more than 8 million votes, the highest number gained by a candidate since Taiwan's first presidential election in 1996.

Tsai received 8.17 million votes, or 57 percent, against 5.52 million, or 38 percent, for Han, according to the final vote count by the Central Election Commission.

Tsai's vote total was the highest ever recorded for any candidate in a presidential election in Taiwan, breaking the previous high of 7.66 million votes received by Ma Ying-jeou in the 2008 election.

At an international conference following the victory, Tsai described the election as demonstrating the resolve of Taiwan's people in standing up to China's threat.

"The results of this election carry an added significance because they have shown that when our sovereignty and democracy are threatened, the Taiwanese people will shout our determination even more loudly back," she said.

Her triumph likely means a continued standoff between Taiwan and China, which has marked her first term, and a continued emphasis on relations with the United States and other major democracies to help resist China's efforts to keep Taiwan out of the international community.

SOURCE: Central News Agency/PACNEWS

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