On Saturday, Taiwan elected its first female president. Like almost every female political leader, Tsai Ing-wen has been attacked from both sides: for being too strong, or not strong enough. But in the final hours of her campaign she remained clearly ahead, by 20 percent.
The former opposition party leader had been leading in opinion polls for months. As the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) comes to power with her, it displaced the majority Kuomintang (KMT) — the first time they have controlled parliament since the founding of the country in 1949.
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Commentary by The Secular Jurist: This election means that the closer ties between Taiwan and mainland China, which have been built up in recent years, are likely to be more strained going forward.