• Taiwan elects first DPP parliamentary speaker

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    TAIPEI: Taiwan’s parliament on Monday elected its first-ever speaker from the China-skeptic Democratic Progressive Party after the DPP triumphed in elections last month. Su Chia-chuan immediately relinquished his party titles after his election, as a first step towards parliamentary reform. The DPP won a crushing victory in parliamentary and presidential elections on January 16. Its chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen will on May 20 become the island’s first female president after voters turned their backs on closer China ties under the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party. The DPP also won 68 out of the 113 parliamentary seats while the KMT’s seats shrank from 64 to 35. Su takes over as speaker from Wang Jin-pyng of the KMT, who held the post for 17 years.

    AFP

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