14 Jan '12, 7am

China, US watch as Taiwan votes for new president

China, US watch as Taiwan votes for new president

TAIPEI: Taiwan voted in a tight presidential election Saturday to decide who will manage crucial relations with China for the next four years, in a poll also being eagerly watched by the United States. Incumbent Ma Ying-jeou, who has overseen the most dramatic thaw in mainland ties since the two split more than 60 years ago, voted early, as did his main challenger, Tsai Ing-wen, bidding to become the island's first female leader. "I am happy to see some sunshine today. This will help the turnout rate. I hope everybody will go to vote early," a smiling Ma said as he cast his ballot in the capital Taipei. Polling stations closed at 4:00 pm (0800 GMT). Results were expected later Saturday, but the closeness of the vote could mean the frontrunner only emerges late into the evening. No opinion polls were allowed in the 10 days leading up to the vote, but surveys published last ...

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