Taiwan Just Elected Its First Female President

Tsai Ing-wen is the first woman to hold the office.

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New York Times reports that Taiwan has elected their first female president, Tsai Ing-wen. With 99 percent of the polling places reporting, Ms. Tsai, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party, took 56 percent of the vote. Her main opponent, Eric Chu, had just 31 percent. 

In her victory speech, said she'd would uphold relations with China, but also added that Beijing must respect Taiwan's democracy.

"The results today tell me the people want to see a government that is willing to listen to people, that is more transparent and accountable and a government that is more capable of leading us past our current challenges and taking care of those in need," Ms. Tsai said.

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