Polls open in Taiwan’s hotly contested presidential elections

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Voters in Taiwan head to the polls to elect a new president and parliament in what could be a changing tide for the country. Julie Noce reports.

Polls open in Taiwan’s hotly contested presidential elections

Voters wait in line at polling places across Taiwan on Saturday to elect the country’s new president and new parliament.

Leading the polls ahead of the voting is this woman, opposition candidate Tsai Ing-wen, who could be the country’s first female leader.

Normally outspoken on issues of Taiwan’s sovereignty, Tsai trod lighty when speaking to media after casting her ballot.

It’s time for us to unite and show to the international community that we have a consensus on our national identity, she said. It’s only reasonable that China’s flag represents our country’s identity.

Tsai risks antagonizing China if she tries to forcefully assert Taiwan’s sovereignty and could reverse years of warming ties under the China-friendly incumbent Nationalist party.

China considers Taiwan a rogue province to be taken by force if necessary.

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