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Tsai Ing-wen sworn in as Taiwan's first woman president

2016/05/20 09:13:32

After being sworn in as president, Tsai Ing-wen (first right) and her predecessor Ma Ying-jeou (first left) wave to a crowd in front of the Presidential Office.

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was sworn in Friday as the Republic of China's first women president and only the second person from outside the Kuomintang (KMT) to rule the country in its history.

Tsai, 59, began her four-year term as president after an inaugural ceremony at the Presidential Office during which the national anthem was sung.

The DPP chairwoman and former vice premier scored a convincing victory in the election on January 16. She took over from President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who has served two four-year terms since May 2008.

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[President Tsai Ing-wen (center) proposes a toast at the state banquet in Taipei Friday]

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[Live streaming of the inauguration ceremony and celebration scheduled between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Friday]

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