Six historic firsts in the 2016 presidential and legislative elections

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/01/17
By: Christie Chen and Luke Sabatier

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP’s) Tsai Ing-38377399wen (蔡英文) was elected the new president of Taiwan on Saturday, completing the third transition of power in Taiwan’s democratic history.

The following are the six “firsts” seen in the 2016 presidential and legislative elections.

1. First female president

Tsai became the first female president to lead the Republic of China (Taiwan), joining the ranks of female heads of state in Asia, including South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Before Tsai, the woman who achieved the highest government position in Taiwan was Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), who served as vice president of Taiwan from 2000 to 2008.     [FULL  STORY]

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