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Tsai Ing-wen's political career in photos

2016/05/20 10:38:00

(CNA photo Nov. 26, 2011)

Taiwan's new president, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), began her political career in 2000 when she took over as the head of the Mainland Affairs Council.

Tsai Ing-wen speaks with reporters after being named to head the Mainland Affairs Council. (CNA photo April 21, 2000)

She joined the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2004 and became a legislator-at-large that year.

Tsai Ing-wen conducts first questioning of government officials as a lawmaker. (CNA photo March 21, 2005)

Tsai was named as vice premier when Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) took over as premier in 2006.

Premier Su Tseng-chang (left) and Vice Premier Tsai Ing-wen promote consumption of bananas. (CNA photo Oct. 18, 2006)

She was elected as chairwoman of the DPP after the party lost the presidential election in 2008.

DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (center) leads a demonstration against the Ma Ying-jeou administration. (CNA photo May 18, 2009)

The DPP chairwoman ran as the party's presidential candidate in 2012, but failed to challenge the incumbent at the time, Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).

Tsai Ing-wen (left) and her running mate Su Jia-chuyan (right) face supporters after their election defeat in 2012. (CNA photo Jan. 14, 2012)

She was featured on the Time magazine's cover in June 2015, after she began her second bid for the presidency.

DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen shows a cup featuring a Star Wars character after her Time magazine cover story was published. (CNA photo June 24,. 2015)

Tsai led the party to victory in the presidential and legislative elections on Jan. 16, 2016.

Tsai Ing-wen (front) greets supporters after winning the presidential elections. (CNA photo Jan. 16, 2016)

(By Kay Liu) enditem