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Tainan councilor gets nation's highest votes in legislative elections

2016/01/17 00:45:04

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) Wang Ding-yu (王定宇) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) garnered the highest votes in the nation in Saturday's legislative elections.

Wang grabbed 153,553 votes, or 72.04 percent of the votes, in the fifth electoral district of Tainan, southern Taiwan, while his closest rival, Lin Yi-huang (林易煌) of the Kuomintang only managed 51,742 votes, or 24.27 percent of the votes. Tainan is traditionally a stronghold of the DPP.

Wang, 46, a third-time city councilor, has sought a seat in the Legislature since eight years ago and his tenacity has paid off. He said that winning is not victory, but the most heavy duty and a public mandate.

In October 2008, Wang mobilized people to protest against Zhang Mingqing (張銘清), then deputy president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, when the latter visited Tainan is his capacity as a professor of Xiamen University. Zhang was shoved to the ground during the melee.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Lilian Wu; click here for the full coverage of the elections.)
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