Tsai Ing-Wen Case Study

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On January 16, 2016, Taiwan elected its first female president, Tsai Ing-wen. After winning a landslide victory against the incumbent party, Kuomintang and their candidate Eric Chu, Tsai Ing-Wen became only the second candidate from the DPP to win the presidency in Taiwan. The DPP also had a successful victory in the legislative elections, the Yuan, where the KMT lost its majority for the first time in Taiwanese history. The large victory of the DPP and its candidate Tsai Ing-Wen is extremely significant. When analyzing Taiwan’s recent election, Tsai Ing-wen’s highly effective campaign is an immediate stand out. Tsai Ing-wen advocated for economic stability and improving societal inequalities throughout her campaign, which resonated
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Taiwan’s peaceful transition from a single party dictatorship and martial law in 1986 to this 2016 election shows the desire for democracy and liberalization in Taiwan’s society. For only the second time since 1996, when free elections began, the KMT or the Kuomintang Party, has lost the campaign for the presidency. Historically the DPP is portrayed as a pro-independence party, and this struggle for independence and national identity always plays a crucial role in any political election in Taiwan. This makes the victory of Tsai Ing-wen, and the DPP, that much more …show more content…
In January of 2012, The Kuomintang Party and their candidate Ma Ying-jeou won the general election by receiving more than 800,000 more votes than their opposition, Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP. The KMT was also able to maintain the majority of seats in the Legislative Yuan. It is important to note, however, that even though the DPP wasn’t able to security the victory in the general elections, it had a much more successful election results than the 2008 election. Ultimately, the DPP was unable to clinch the majority in both the general and the legislative elections. This defeat was significant, however, because it taught Tsai Ing-wen and her party, the DPP, some important

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