Former VP elected KMT chairman, same downward spiral?

152824eb-526d-4a94-a042-f58dd33bd176After losing both the presidency and, for the first time, control of parliament in the 2016 elections, the century-old Kuomintang today elected former Taiwan Vice-President Wu Den-yih 吳敦義 as its new chairperson. Of the 476,147 eligible party members, 58% voted, 52.2% (144k) of which voted for Wu, just past the 50% that would otherwise have triggered a runoff election between Wu and incumbent chairperson Hung Hsiu-chu, who received the second most votes (19.2%). The six candidates include Wu, Hung, former Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-pin, former health minister Steven Chan, former MP Han Kuo-yu, and former MP Tina Pan. Continue reading “Former VP elected KMT chairman, same downward spiral?”

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Tsai Ing-wen elected President of Taiwan, first female to hold office

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Photo: AP/Ng Han Guan

Chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party 民主進步黨, Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文, has won the 2016 Presidential Election of Taiwan. Together with her running mate, Vice President-elect Chen Chien-jen 陳建仁, they received 56.12% (6,894,744 votes) of the ballots cast, winning in a landslide against candidates from the governing KMT Chairperson Eric Chu 朱立倫 (31.04%, 3,813,365 votes), and PFP Chairperson James Soong Chu-yu 宋楚瑜 (12.84%, 1,576,861 votes). Tsai and Chen will be sworn into office on May 20, 2016.

View her victory press conference here (in Mandarin and English):

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Ma Ying-jeou wins second term as President of Taiwan

The results are in! The incumbent President and KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou 馬英九 and his running mate Premier Wu Den-yih 吳敦義  has won the 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential Election of Taiwan 中華民國總統副總統選舉. They received 51.6% (6,891,139 votes) of the ballots cast, winning over the 45.6% (6,093,578 votes) their opponents DPP Presidential Candidate Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文 and DPP Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan 蘇嘉全 received. PFP Founding Chairman James Soong Chu-yu 宋楚瑜 and his running mate National Taiwan University Professor Emeritus Lin Ruey-shiung 林瑞雄 received 2.8% (369,588 votes) of the ballots. A voter turnout of 74.38% was recorded (13,452,016 out of 18,086,455, 97,711 ballots were invalidate). President Ma and Vice President-elect Wu will be sworn in office on May 20, 2012 at the Presidential Building 總統府 in Taipei City 臺北市, Taiwan. Continue reading “Ma Ying-jeou wins second term as President of Taiwan”