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60 countries congratulate Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen

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TAIPEI: In light of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s landslide victory in the 2020 elections, representatives from all over the world have delivered messages of congratulations to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate.

The island held its 15th presidential election and 10th legislative elections on Saturday. According to the final result from the Central Election Commission (CEC), Tsai and her running mate William Lai won the presidential race with a record-breaking 8,170,186 votes, or 57.13 percent, while their Kuomintang (KMT) opponents Han Kuo-yu and Simon Chang received almost 3 million fewer votes. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) told the media on Sunday that officials from more than 60 countries had greeted Tsai by phone call and email, including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu. In a released statement, Pompeo congratulated Tsai on her well-deserved win and praised Taiwanese voters for demonstrating the spirit of democracy. MOFA added that many of the countries had expressed the desire to continue friendly relations with Taiwan, including diplomatic allies Eswatini, Palau, Nauru, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Paraguay, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Haiti, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent.

International organizations, such as the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Parliament (EP), the Central American Parliament, and the Central American Integration System (SICA), have also sent their best wishes. (Agencies)

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