Pro-independence party candidate to become Taiwan's first female president

Pro-independence party candidate to become Taiwan’s first female president

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Pro-independence party candidate Tsai Ing-wen claimed victory in Taiwan’s presidential election late Saturday to become the island’s first female head of state.

The election took place amid concerns that Taiwan’s economy is under threat from China and broad opposition to Beijing’s demands for political unification.

Tsai said the election outcome was a further show of how ingrained democracy has become on the self-governing island. The results showed that Taiwanese people wish for a government “steadfast in protecting this nation’s sovereignty,” she said at her campaign headquarters. Read more…

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Pro-independence party candidate to become Taiwan’s first female president