Ma Ying-jeou (马英九), chairman of the Kuomintang, was re-elected as the president of the Republic of China (Taiwan), winning 51.6% of total votes cast, a comfortable 800,000 vote lead over his top contender, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). James Soong (宋楚瑜) of the People First Party received 2.8% of the vote.
“Congratulations, everybody! We have won!” declared an exultant Ma as he took the stage at his Taipei election headquarters. “This is not Ma Ying-jeou’s personal victory. This is the victory of the Taiwanese people. The people have voted for corruption-free politics, prosperity, and peace in Taiwan. Through it, the Taiwanese people have sent me a clear signal that they want me to continue in this direction.”
The mood was decidedly more sombre at the DPP headquarters, where Tsai conceded defeat and congratulated Ma on his win.
“Challenging the incumbent was in itself a difficult thing to do. We didn’t have the advantage of being in power, and the resources that were at our disposal were relatively limited.” said Tsai. “This was evident particularly in the central and southern regions, where we were still lacking in our rapport with the grassroots.”
Apologising to her supporters, Tsai said the DPP would reflect on its losses and conduct a comprehensive analysis. “I claim full responsibility for the results of the election and I hereby resign as the chairperson of the DPP. I am sure the next chairperson will oversee the reform and transition of the DPP, and take us on to the next lap,” she said.
Ma Ying-jeou’s victory speech:
Tsai Ing-wen concedes defeat, and resigns as DPP chairperson: