TAIPEI : Millions of voters went to the polls Saturday in an election that was expected to make Tsai Ing-wen Taiwan’s first female president and give her party, which is skeptical of close ties with China, a strong showing in the legislature.
The campaign has largely pivoted on economic issues, as growth in Taiwan has slowed dramatically over the past year. Wages have stagnated and housing prices in major cities like Taipei have remained out of the reach of many people.
Voters have also soured on the departing president, Ma Ying-jeou, and his policy of pursuing a closer relationship with China, Taiwan’s giant neighbor, which considers the self-governed island to be a part of its territory with which it must eventually be united.
Speaking to a huge crowd of supporters Friday night on a boulevard across from Taiwan’s Presidential Office Building, Ms. Tsai recalled protests that have filled the capital’s streets in recent years. Those included demonstrations over the death of a young soldier and the Sunflower Movement, a student-led protest against the pursuit of a trade bill with China by the governing party, the Kuomintang.
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