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Taiwan's new legislature to have more female lawmakers, become younger

2016/01/30 15:32:25

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Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) Taiwan's new legislature will swear in a record number of female lawmakers on Monday, and will become younger than the previous one formed four years ago, statistics released by the Central Election Commission (CEC) showed Saturday.

According to the data, the new legislature, which is scheduled to be sworn in on Monday, will have a total of 43 female lawmakers, five more than the previous parliament, while the average age of the legislators will fall to 50 from 52.

Taiwan held presidential and legislative elections on Jan. 16. In the election, Taiwanese voters chose 113 new lawmakers, and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a majority of 68 seats, while the Kuomintang (KMT) lost its control, winning just 35 seats.

In the presidential race, DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) beat her KMT rival Eric Chu (朱立倫) to win the presidential election. Tsai will be inaugurated on May 20.

The CEC said that the number of newly elected male lawmakers in the new legislature will fall to 70 from 75 in the past.

While the number of newly elected lawmakers at the 30-39 age group rose to 11 from 8, and the number of legislators at the 40-44 age bracket increased to 24 from 16, the number of newcomers aged 60 or older fell to 18 from 25, the commission said.

With a younger new legislature, the new parliament will have one lawmaker aged below 29, compared with no one that young in the previous parliament, the CEC said.

The new legislature has 54 members who challenged the incumbents and won, up five from four years ago, the statistics showed. It said that the number of newly-elect lawmakers who hold a Ph.D. degree in the new legislature will fall to 20 from 27, while the number of lawmakers-elect who hold a master's degree will rise to 58 from 55.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Frances Huang)
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