Taiwan — Tsai Ing-wen was elected Taiwan’s president on Saturday, becoming the first lady to win the office. Voters gave her Democratic Progressive Party that is sceptical of closer ties with China, control of Taiwan’s legislature for the first time, giving her broad authority to enact her policies in office.
“The results today tell ME the folks wish to see a government that’s willing to pay attention to individuals, that’s more transparent and responsible and a government that’s a lot of capable of leading us past our current challenges and taking care of those in need,” she said in an exceedingly press conference outside her party’s headquarters.
Her main opponent, Eric Chu of the governing party, Kuomintang, conceded simply after 7 p.m. “I congratulate Chairman Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party on her success,” he said. “This is the selection of Taiwan’s folks.”