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Former mayor elected Taiwan's president

March 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Taiwan's opposition leader is promising better ties with China now that he's won his country's presidential election. Ma Ying-jeou, the former mayor of Taipei, says he'll expand economic ties with China while protecting Taiwan from being politically swallowed by its communist neighbor.

Ma, who is also a former justice minister, says Taiwan's people want a clean government, a good economy and "peace across the Taiwan Strait."

Election officials say Ma won 58 percent of the vote. While fireworks lit up over the victor's headquarters, supporters of the ruling party candidate shed tears as he conceded the election.

He asked citizens not to cry for him, but to remember the mission of democracy.


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