Former LSE PhD Law student Dr Tsai Ing-wen was re-elected for a second term as the president of Taiwan on 11 January 2020. Dr Tsai, who will serve for a further four years as president, received a record 8.2 million votes, representing 57 per cent of the votes, with her closest contender receiving 39 per cent. The fiercely contested election also saw a notably high 75 per cent turnout from Taiwanese voters.
In a speech following her victory Dr Tsai said, “Taiwan is showing the world how much we cherish our free democratic way of life and how much we cherish our nation.
Dr Tsai was first elected president in 2016 and previously served as Taiwans vice president and as chair of the Democratic Progressive Party.
Tsai Ing-wen’s re-election maintains a pattern of LSE alumni in positions of leadership in Taiwan. Yu Kuo-hua, an LSE student between 1947 and 1949, was Taiwan’s President from 1984 to 1989.