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Tsai Ing-wen chaired as the Taiwan’s first Female President

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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.

Tsai Ing-wen elected as Taiwan’s first female presidentAbout 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.

Keys Taiwan:

  • Capital – Taipei
  • Currency – New Taiwan dollar