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ELECTIONS: Madam President

HISTORY IN THE MAKING:President-elect Tsai Ing-wen, who is to be the nation’s first female president, expressed her respect for voters and gratitude to her rivals for upholding democratic values

By Loa Iok-sin, Stacy Hsu and Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporters

“I’m sorry,” Chu told a gathering of somber-looking supporters, some in tears.

“As both the chairman and presidential candidate of the KMT, I cannot shirk my responsibility and must shoulder all the blame. Dear friends, I have failed you. I will immediately resign from my post as KMT chairman,” Chu said.

His supporters quickly replied: “We will not allow you [to resign]. The [ROC] flag must not fall.”

Chu said he respects the electorate’s decision and expressed his hope that Tsai and the DPP would endeavor to steer the nation toward a brighter and happier future, which prompted supporters to shout: “Impossible.”

Many supporters shed tears as Chu spoke, with some even leaving in the middle of his speech, saying “it is too sad to listen to this.”

However, some of the KMT’s elderly supporters asked Chu to stop talking, saying: “How dare you keep talking after losing?”

Chu concluded his speech by pledging to reflect on his and the KMT’s defeats and said the KMT would be a responsible opposition party over the next four years.

At the PFP’s headquarters, some supporters began applauding after Soong (宋楚瑜) and his running mate, Republican Party Chairperson Hsu Hsin-ying (徐欣瑩), garnered 1 million votes.

Soong conceded defeat and said he hoped Tsai would keep her campaign promises.

Soong also said that peace is what people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and around the world want, and the ball is now in the DPP’s court.

“It is the people in Taiwan and China who should be handling cross-strait affairs, not any outsider. The president is the key person in determining the direction of cross-strait affairs,” he said, adding that people on both sides of the Strait hope that cross-strait issues can be handled in a rational manner.

A long-time Soong supporter surnamed Lin (林) said she had hoped that Soong would secure as many votes as Tsai.

Lin said Tsai would have to respond to changes in the world much faster than before and quickly unite Taiwanese after the election.

Meanwhile, Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) late yesterday said he has tendered his resignation to Ma and would not accept any attempt to have him remain in his post.

The premier’s resignation is pro forma in Taiwan for a ruling party when it loses a major election.

This story has been corrected since it was first published to show that Tsai’s final percentage of the vote was less than President Ma Ying-jeou’s in his first win in 2008.

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