First Woman Elected President of an African Country
With 97 percent of votes counted, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been elected president of Liberia, the first woman elected to head any African nation. Although Johnson-Sirleaf won 59 percent of the vote in a runoff election on Tuesday, she is holding off declaring victory based on fraud allegations by her competitor, soccer star George Weah. According to the New York Times, several hundred supporters of Weah, who won only 41 percent of the vote, marched the streets of Liberia in protest, throwing rocks at police officers and attempting to storm the United States Embassy.
Johnson-Sirleaf said she hoped her win would "raise the participation of women not just in Liberia but also [throughout] Africa,” according to United Press International
Media Resources: New York Times 11/11/05; UPI 11/11/05
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
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. . . .