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Taiwan's main opposition votes to elect new leader

Published on May 25, 2014 3:26 PM
Ms Tsai Ing-wen (right)  casting her ballots at a polling station for the chairman of the major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taipei. The DPP was electing a new leader in the run-up to the 2016 presidential polls on Sunday, May 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Members of Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were on Sunday electing a new leader in the run-up to the 2016 presidential polls.

Members started voting islandwide from 8 am, with polling stations due to close at 4 pm. The China-sceptic DPP has more than 140,000 eligible members.

Ms Tsai Ing-wen, who resigned as DPP leader in 2012 after losing the presidential election to the Kuomintang's Ma Ying-jeou, is expected to overwhelm her rival Kuo Tai-ling.

The new leader's first test will be the November mayoral elections in Taipei and five other cities which make up 60 percent of the island's eligible voters.

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