14 Jan '12, 1am

Taiwan presidential polls open

TAIPEI: Taiwan began voting Saturday in a tight presidential election that will decide who will run the island and manage crucial ties with China over the next four years. Polls opened at 8:00 am (0000 GMT) for the island's 18.1 million eligible voters in an election where the choice is essentially between pro-China incumbent Ma Ying-jeou and his main challenger Tsai Ing-wen, a China-sceptic. "I voted for Ma because I am doing business with China and I often travel there," said businesswoman Ane Wei as she left a polling station in downtown Taipei. "It'd be more convenient for me and good for my business if he remains in office." Ruby Yang, an office worker, said she had cast her ballot in favour of Tsai "because I want to see the first female president in Taiwan". Tsai cast her vote shortly before 10 am (0200 GMT) in a suburb of Taipei, and Ma was expected to vote shortly...

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