Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. In her victory speech, Tsai hailed a "new era" in Taiwan, vowing to cooperate with other political parties to resolve major issues and follow the will of the people regarding the sovereign nation's relationship with China. "I also want to emphasize that both sides of the Taiwanese Strait have a responsibility," said Tsai, "to find mutually acceptable means of interaction that are based on dignity and reciprocity."
"The results today tell me the people want to see a government that is willing to listen to people, that is more transparent and accountable," Tsai told reporters following her declaration of victory, "and a government that is more capable of leading us past our current challenges and taking care of those in need."
Media Resources: CNN 1/18/16; BBC 1/17/16; New York Times 1/16/16