11 Mar '11, 6am

Taiwan opposition leader launches presidential bid: TAIPEI: Taiwan's opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen on Friday an...

Taiwan opposition leader launches presidential bid: TAIPEI: Taiwan's opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen on Friday an...

TAIPEI: Taiwan's opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen on Friday announced she intended to run in next year's presidential election, pledging to make the island "its own master". Tsai, who is the chairwoman of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), is tipped to challenge Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou who is widely expected to run for a second term. "Young people don't understand why (the government) gives up the democracy and freedom we fought so hard for," said Tsai, whose party favours Taiwan's independence from China. "I hear Taiwan's voice saying Taiwan wants to be its own master... I will shoulder the responsibility of the future to win Taiwan back." Tsai, 54, became DPP chief in 2008 following its humiliating defeat in presidential polls and has since led the party to victory in several regional elections. China and Taiwan have been governed separ...

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