By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen promised reform, cooperation and stability as she was elected Taiwan’s first woman president Saturday with the highest percentage any candidate ever had.
At the same time, she can also look forward to the first-ever absolute majority the DPP has ever held at the 113-seat Legislative Yuan. While final results will still need some time to calculate, the DPP could hold a total of 68 seats.
According to official results, Tsai had won about 6.87 million votes or 56.15 percent, Kuomintang Chairman Eric Liluan Chu received 3.79 million votes or 31.01 percent, and People First Party Chairman James Soong 1.57 million votes or 12.82 percent of the vote.
At her international news conference Saturday evening, she emphasized the common values of democracy. “In 2016, through democratic elections, we showed the whole world that we are proud of being a democratic country.” The president-elect said she would work on a framework to discuss national issues with other parties. [FULL STORY]