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Millions of Taiwanese people vote for leaders

Millions of Taiwanese people vote for leaders 3
Millions of Taiwanese people vote for leaders 3

About 18,000 polling stations on the island of Taiwan began opening at 8:00 a.m. (7:00 a.m. Hanoi time) on January 13 and ended at 4:00 p.m.

Taiwan’s leaders have a four-year term and can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Voting results will be announced after 10 days and Taiwan’s new leader will take office on May 20.

Taiwanese voters leave after completing voting at the election station in Tainan city on January 13.

The leading candidate is Mr. Lai Thanh Duc, 64 years old, a member of the DPP and currently holding the position of deputy leader of Taiwan.

Mr. Lai’s main opponent is Hou Youyi, 66 years old, candidate of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT).

The third candidate is Kha Van Triet, 64 years old, leader of the populist Taiwan People’s Party (TPP).

In addition to choosing leaders, Taiwanese voters also elected 113 lawmakers to the island’s legislature.

Millions of Taiwanese people vote for leaders

The three candidates in Taiwan’s leadership election, from left, are Lai Thanh Duc, Hou Huu Nghi and Kha Van Triet.

The election took place amid recent increases in tensions between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office on January 11 issued a notice expressing hope that the majority of the island’s people realize the risk of sparking confrontation from candidate Lai Thanh Duc.

On January 10, the United States announced its opposition to any outside interference or influence in Taiwan’s elections.

The US does not establish official relations with Taiwan, but is the main supplier of weapons to the island.

Millions of Taiwanese people vote for leaders

Taiwan Island and the Strait of the same name.

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