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Taiwan elections

Tsai Ing-wen sweeps to victory in Taiwan presidential election

Victory bolstered by young voters backing her strong stance against China

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen celebrates her victory with supporters in Taipei Saturday night. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of the Beijing-skeptic Democratic Progressive Party secured a second term as the island's leader, crushing her China-friendly Kuomintang rival Han Kuo-yu in Saturday's presidential election.

Tsai claimed 57% of the vote, according to Taiwan's Central Election Commission. Han came in second with 39%, while People's First Party chairman James Soong took 4%. Turnout was about 74%, up from 66% four years ago.

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