A resident prepares to cast her votes at a polling station in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, on Jan 11, 2020. (NG HAN GUAN / AP)
TAIPEI – Tsai Ing-wen, candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and her running mate Lai Ching-te won Taiwan's leadership election Saturday, according to the island's election commission.
Tsai and Lai got more than 8.17 million ballots, or 57.1 percent of the total vote, while Han Kuo-yu, candidate of Kuomintang (KMT), and his running mate Chang San-cheng obtained over 5.52 million ballots, or 38.6 percent of the vote.
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James Soong, the People First Party candidate, and his running mate Sandra Yu got more than 600,000 ballots, or 4.3 percent of the vote.
Taiwan's legislative election was held simultaneously with the leadership election.
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Among the 113 seats in the island's legislature, DPP garnered 61 seats while KMT got 38 ones.
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