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Taiwan elections

Taiwan's 'third force' threatens Tsai's DPP legislative majority

Independent and small-party candidates set to take seats in Jan. 11 election

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, left, and Foxconn founder Terry Gou have backed a number of "third-force" candidates in the parliamentary elections next month. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen may be the odds-on favorite to win a second term in the Jan. 11 election, but her ruling Democratic Progressive Party faces a bigger struggle to retain control of the legislative yuan.

Candidates running for Tsai's China-skeptic DPP in the parliamentary race face stiff opposition, not only from the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang but also from "third-force" independent and small-party aspirants.

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