Taiwan has elected its first female president in a landmark election that could unsettle relations with Beijing. Tsai Ing-wen defeated Eric Chu, the Nationalist Party’s Presidential candidate for Taiwan’s presidential election.
- She will succeed Ma Ying – jeou as President of Taiwan.
- Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won the presidency with 1% of the vote after eight years under the government of the pro-China Kuomintang (KMT) or Nationalist Party.
- The election also marked the first time the KMT has lost control of the island’s legislature. The DPP took 68 of the 113 seats in Taiwan’s parliament.
About Tsai Ing-wen:
- Taipei born holds a Phd in Law from London School of Economics.
- She taught law at Soochow University School of Law and National Chengchi University.
- She is also the first president-elect to be of Hakka and Aboriginal descent.
- She is the second female president of East Asian nations after current South Korea President Park Geun-hye.
- She was appointed to the Fair Trade Commission and the Copyright Commission. She served as consultant for the Mainland Affairs Council and the National Security Council.
- Tsai Ing-wen also headed the drafting team on the Statute Governing Relations with Hong Kong and Macau.
- Capital – Taipei
- Currency – New Taiwan dollar