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2012 ELECTIONS: Report slams US meddling in the presidential election

By J. Michael Cole  /  Staff Reporter

“In China’s mind, Ma owes Beijing for his election victory, and payment will be due after the Chinese complete their leadership transition,” it said, adding that it disagreed with the view that Beijing would not lean on Ma because it understands the constraints he faces domestically.

“President Ma won the election with a solid margin, but it was a far cry from the 2008 result,” the report said. “This has important implications for Ma’s … ability to continue to move forward with China.”

Despite being defeated, the DPP won almost 6 million votes and its number of seats in the legislature increased by 13, while the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lost 17. The Taiwan Solidarity Union, a pan-green ally of the DPP, won three seats.

With the rebalanced legislature, and the KMT now having 64 seats in the legislature — from 81 in 2008 — while the DPP has 40, the executive will have to grapple with each bill in the legislature, the report said, adding that there was no certainty the legislature would agree to efforts by the government to develop its own version of a “fast-track” authority to facilitate passage of bilateral and multilateral deals.

“President Ma’s victory in the election means that we will see short-term stability in Taiwan … The worry is 2013 and beyond,” the report said. “Ma’s job in his second term is going to be much harder.”

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