16 Nov '11, 10am

Taiwan sees 1st woman presidential candidate

TAIWAN: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen is Taiwan's first female presidential candidate, and recent polls suggest the 54-year-old scholar has a good chance of becoming the island's first female President. Ms Tsai has a razor-thin lead over President Ma Ying-jeou, who is seeking a second term. Ms Tsai is soft spoken and moderate and these characteristics have salvaged the DPP's image, once marred by Mr Chen Shui-bian's corruption scandal. Under her leadership, the pro-independence DPP scored two out of five municipalities in 2010, and its overall votes exceeded those of its rival Kuomintang by five percentage points. Today, she is riding on that popularity to compete head on with President Ma for the presidency. Recent surveys indicate the two rivals are only a few percentage points apart in terms of support. National Taiwan University's Professor...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/eastasia/view/1165...

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