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Taiwan’s legislature to be younger, more female

Staff Writer, with CNA  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s new legislature is on Monday to swear in lawmakers with a lower average age, while a record number of female lawmakers are to be appointed, statistics released yesterday by the Central Election Commission (CEC) showed.

The legislature is to have 43 female lawmakers, five more than the present legislature, while the average age of the legislators is to drop from 52 to 50, the CEC’s figures showed.

The number of newly elected male lawmakers in the new legislature would fall to 70 from 75, the statistics showed.

While the number of newly elected lawmakers aged between 30 and 39 rose to 11 from 8, and the number of legislators aged between 40 and 44 increased to 24 from 16, the number of newcomers aged 60 or above fell to 18 from 25, the commission said.

The legislature is set to contain one lawmaker aged below 29, while the previous parliament had no legislators that young, the figures showed.

The new legislature has 54 members who challenged incumbents and won, up five from four years ago.

The number of newly elected lawmakers who hold a doctorate is to fall from 27 to 20, while the number of lawmakers-elect who hold a master’s degree will rise to 58 from 55, the statistics showed.

The legislature is to be the first time that the KMT would be the minority party, and it is likely be the first time that the legislative speaker and deputy speaker are served by non-KMT lawmakers, the figures showed.

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