Kuomintang is back!

Kuomintang’s Ma Ying-​​jeou wins Taiwan’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion! From The Washington Post:

The de­ci­sive votes sig­naled the end of an eight-​​year pe­riod in which many Taiwanese seemed to be swept up by Chen’s pu­gna­cious na­tion­al­ism and em­pha­sis on Taiwanese self-​​identity. His re­lent­less cam­paign­ing — and the ten­sion it caused in China and the United States — cre­ated a sense of fa­tigue among Taiwan’s 23 mil­lion in­hab­i­tants, an­a­lysts here said, and gave Ma an op­por­tu­nity to ride to vic­tory on his mes­sage of cool prag­ma­tism to­ward China and re­newed fo­cus on the slip­ping economy.

Ma, from a main­land im­mi­grant fam­ily ac­tive in the Nationalist Party, won 58 per­cent of the vote, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial count by the Central Electoral Commission. Frank Hsieh, the can­di­date of Chen’s Democratic Progressive Party, won 42 per­cent. With the Nationalists scor­ing an equally lop­sided vic­tory in leg­isla­tive elec­tions Jan. 12, Ma will have an un­usu­ally clear man­date and an un­chal­lenged grip on power when he takes office.

By the way, I like how Ma Ying-jeou’s name can be trans­lated as “Horse English Nine”.

(Photo credit: Vincent Yu — AP)

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