Friday, March 21, 2008

Taiwan Elections

Today, the people of Taiwan will vote to choose their new president to succeed to controversy-ridden Chen Shui-bian, the former mayor of Taipei (Taibei). Most polls still indicate that Ma Ying-jiu is likely to win, but recent developments in Tibet could - although unlikely - cause a last minute upset in favor of DPP's Chang-ting "Frank" Hsieh (or Xie in mainland Pinyin romanization), who is the former mayor of Kaohsiung (Gaoxiong). It should be interesting to see how the Mainland will react if Hsieh wins. My take: not much, as he also supports improved ties with Beijing. The International Herald Tribune has a good "info page" for newbies on the elections:

Here are some highlights:
- 17 million eligible voters
- There will not be much time to vote: polls will only be open during an 8-hour window (between 0800-1600 Taiwan time)
- The results should become available in the evening, Taiwan time.

I've attached two pictures from the internet to this post. Can you find the difference?

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