Photographer: Maurice Tsai/Bloomberg
Photographer: Maurice Tsai/Bloomberg

Voting and Victory: Taiwan's Historic Election Day

Taiwan opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen rode a tide of discontent over everything from China ties to economic growth to become the island’s first female president and secure a historic legislative majority for her Democratic Progressive Party.

Voters wait in line to enter a polling station during a presidential election in Taipei on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016.

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A woman walks out of a booth after casting her vote at a polling station.

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A voter casts his ballot into a ballot box at a polling station.

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Taiwan election commission staff read out ballots as they count votes at a polling station in Taipei.

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A Taiwan election commission staff pastes a sheet of paper to write the tally of ballots as they count votes at a polling station.

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Eric Chu center, presidential candidate from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), bows with party workers as they concede defeat in presidential polls outside the party's headquarters.  Taiwan opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen  won 56 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Chu. 

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A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporter reacts as Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's president-elect, not pictured, delivers her victory speech during a rally.  Tsai's victory margin was the biggest since Taiwan’s first democratic presidential election two decades ago. 

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters celebrate election results during a rally.  The DPP won 68 seats in the 113-seat legislature, gaining its first ever majority and locking the KMT out of power for the first time since since Chiang Kai-shek fled with his government across the Taiwan Strait in 1949. 

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters celebrate the election results.  The landslide was propelled by anxiety over stagnant wages, high home price and dissatisfaction with President Ma Ying-jeou’s polices of rapprochement with Taiwan’s one-time civil war foes on mainland China. 

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Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's president-elect, center, gestures after her victory speech. The result poses new challenges to Communist Party leaders in Beijing, who enjoyed warm ties under Ma even after his cross-strait trade policy sparked a student-led protestmovement.  

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