BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -- FOLLOWING elections today (Jan. 13), the people of Republic of China Taiwan elected the territories Vice President Lai Ching-te as its new president, to lead for the next four years
According to reports out of Taipei, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a third term through Ching-te victory. Candidates from the opposition parties, Ko Wen-je and Hou Yu-ih both conceded shortly after the results came out.
Ching and the DPP won at least 40 percent of the vote, and it is understood that the victory would send a blow to neighbouring China which has been fueding with the DPP
China has been seeking to take full control of the territory and has been blocking a number of efforts for it to join international organisations. But a number of allies, including St. Kitts and Nevis, have been pushing for Taiwan's inclusion within international bodies isuch as the United Nations.
The United States media has described Ching-te as being seen as a “troublemaker” in the view of China.
He will assume office on May 20.