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Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen is re-elected as the top leader of Taiwan with over 8 million votes. This is the highest number of votes a Taiwanese Presidential election candidate has ever received.Tsai, of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has won a second term over Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu of the mainland-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party and the perennial presidential contender James Soong Chu-yu, founder and chairman of the People First Party.Election campaigning had focused on issues such as sovereignty, democracy and cross-strait issues between Taipei and Beijing – all of which have been amplified by Hong Kong’s anti-government protests which have resisted Chinese mainland influence. Beijing considers self-ruled Taiwan to be part of its sovereign territory.
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