Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s leader Lai Ching-Te won Taiwan Presidential Elections 2024.
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Taipei: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s leader Lai Ching-te won Taiwan Presidential Elections 2024 on Saturday. The DPP has won elections third time in a row, after returning to power in 2016.
Hou Yu-ih , the leader of Kuomintang (KMT), also known as Nationalist Party of China, stood second in the Taiwanese elections. TPP leader Ko Wen-je stood at the third place.
The presidential elections in Taiwan were closely watched by both Beijing and Washington, as both battle for strong influence in the region.
The incumbent DPP currently holds a majority in the parliament. The ruling party supports Taiwanese independence from China and has vowed to remain sovereign amid influence from Beijing.
The KMT has favoured ties with China but has denied being pro-Beijing. KMT’s position has also been backed and welcomed by China, which is eyeing more influence in the strait and completing its goal of unifying Taiwan with the mainland. The KMT also supports the stance that China and Taiwan, both, belong to one grand China, which Beijing has welcomed.
The TPP also wishes to re-engage with China but has shown its deterrence for a complete Chinese takeover.
In the January 2020 legislative elections, the DPP gained 54 percent of the seats in the Legislature, while the KMT secured 34 percent.
The Kuomintang held the presidency in Taiwan for more than five decades before the Democratic Progressive Party won the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. The KMT returned to power in 2008 and in 2012. The DPP won the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, marking the third transition of power since the country’s democratization.