Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has been elected to a second four-year term after defeating her main competitor, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) of the Kuomintang (KMT), by a wide margin.
Tsai of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) received 8.17 million votes, or 57.13 percent of the total valid ballots cast, while Han garnered 5.52 million votes, or 38.61 percent.
The third candidate, James Soong (宋楚瑜) of the People First Party (PFP), garnered 608,590 votes, or 4.26 percent, according to vote tallies from the Central Election Commission. Voter turnout was 74.9 percent.
Tsai’s vote total was the highest ever recorded for any candidate in a presidential election in Taiwan, breaking the previous high of 7.66 million votes received by Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in the 2008 election.
At an international conference following the victory, Tsai described the election as demonstrating the resolve of Taiwan’s people in standing up to China’s threat.
“The results of this election carry an added significance because they have shown that when our sovereignty and democracy are threatened, the Taiwanese people will shout our determination even more loudly back,” she said.