14 Jan '12, 12pm

Taiwan's president wins close re-election fight via @yahoosg

Taiwan's president wins close re-election fight via @yahoosg

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou won a close re-election fight Saturday, leveraging his message of greater prosperity through expanded ties with China to beat his populist-minded opponent. With about 90 percent of the vote counted, the official Central Election Commission said Ma had garnered 51.0 percent of the total against 46.3 percent for Tsai Ing-wen of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. A third candidate, James Soong, once a heavyweight with Ma's Nationalist Party, had 2.7 percent. "This is not my personal victory, the victory belongs to all Taiwanese," Ma told thousands of jubilant supporters in downtown Taipei. "They told us that we are on the right track." The election revolved around Ma's claims that his signature policy of tying Taiwan's high-tech economy ever closer to China's lucrative markets was good for the democratic is...

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