Taiwan elections - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Taiwan elections


Facebook steps up monitoring for Taiwan elections

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Taiwan says it's facing growing interference from China as its January elections loom

Beijing-friendly candidate says elections a 'battle' for Taiwan

Jul 28, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu describes January's vote as a choice between "peace or crisis" with China

THE CHALLENGER. Han Kuo-yu (C) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019. File photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Populist pro-China mayor to face Tsai in Taiwan presidential clash

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Han Kuo-yu's victory sets up an unpredictable clash as Taiwan goes to the polls in January in a contest that will be dominated by relations with China

HAN KUO-YU. Kaohsiung city mayor Han Kuo-yu (C) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Taiwan braces for pro-China fake news deluge as elections loom

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:00 PM

In Taiwan, the term 'red media' describes both legitimate news outlets, and more opaque online sources that flood the democratic island with either pro-China coverage or outright disinformation

In this photo taken on June 23, 2019, protesters hold placards with messages that read "reject red media" and "safeguard the nation's democracy" during a rally against pro-China media in front of the Presidential Office building in Taipei. With a presidential election looming Taiwan is bracing for a new deluge of fake news and disinformation -- much of it emanating from China and aimed at making sure Beijing's preferred party wins the day, analysts say.  HSU Tsun-hsu / AFP

Taiwan's Tsai to seek reelection after defeating party challenger

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Democratic Progressive Party announces that Tsai Ing-wen has comfortably beaten former premier William Lai in a primary decided by opinion polls

REELECTION BID. In this file photo, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives to register as the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2020 presidential candidate at the party's headquarter in Taipei on March 21, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Populist China-friendly mayor to run for Taiwan president

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Han Kuo-yu, the mayor of Kaohsiung city, is among 5 candidates announced by the opposition Kuomintang party for its primary election

Kaohsiung city mayor Han Kuo-yu (C) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019.  Daniel Shih / AFP

Taiwan's Foxconn chief hints at presidential run

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Asked by reporters on April 16 if he would run for president, Terry Gou says, 'I will have meetings today and hear (feedback). Hopefully we can talk about this tomorrow or later'

FOXCONN'S TERRY GOU.CEO of Taiwan's Foxconn Terry Gou gestures during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tucheng district, New Taipei City on March 12, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan's Tsai says no peace deal with China unless force ruled out

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:30 PM

President Tsai Ing-wen is responding to recent comments by Wu Den-yih, head of the main opposition Kuomintang, that his party would pursue a peace treaty with Beijing if it were to regain power in 2020

NO PEACE DEAL. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan's Tsai confirms she will seek reelection in 2020

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:29 PM

'It's natural that any sitting president wants to do more for the country and wants to finish things on his or her agenda,' Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says

2020 BID. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives for a press conference at the Presidential Palace after the national flag raising ceremony in Taipei on January 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan awaits results of key election test and gay marriage vote

Nov 24, 2018 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) It is a test for embattled President Tsai Ing-wen as she faces a backlash over domestic reforms and concerns about deteriorating ties with China

'NO TO CHINA.' Pro-Taiwan independence activists call for the referendum on the streets in front of the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) during a demonstration in Taipei on October 20, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Divided Taiwan to vote in key test for ruling party

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:26 PM

The ballot includes an unprecedented 10 referendums, one of which calls for Taiwan to change the name it uses at sports events, a proposal that has already angered Beijing

TAIWAN. Taiwan's national flag flutters beside Taipei 101 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on October 7, 2012. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Tsai Ing-wen becomes Taiwan president in landslide victory

Jan 16, 2016 - 7:35 PM

3rd UPDATE Tsai will become the island s first female president Meanwhile the ruling KMT party loses its parliamentary majority for the first time

NEW PRESIDENT. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen casts her vote in New Taipei City on January 16, 2016. Philippe Lopez/AFP

'Super weekend' rallies in Taiwan ahead of presidential vote

Jan 10, 2016 - 2:13 AM

It is the last weekend of campaigning before Taiwan chooses a president next Saturday January 16

TAIWAN VOTE. A supporter gestures next to a campaign flag of Tsai Ing-wen, presidential candidate for Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), during a rally in southern Kaohsiung on January 9, 2016. Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan arrests 45 in election gambling ring

Jan 04, 2016 - 9:38 PM

Taiwan holds presidential and parliamentary elections on January 16

TAIWAN DECIDES. A man watches the second and final debate of the three presidential candidates (L-R) Eric Chu of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), James Soong, of the People First Party (PFP) and Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from television sets at a local store in Xindian district, the New Taipei City on January 2, 2016. AFP Photo/Sam Yeh

Taiwan presidential candidates clash over China policy

Dec 27, 2015 - 9:41 PM

Fears over Beijing s influence on the island have grown since a rapprochement under the ruling Kuomintang culminating in a landmark meeting between current President Ma Ying jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping in November

THE CANDIDATES. People first Party's James Soong, Kuomintang's Eric Chu, and Democratic Progressive Party's Tsai Ing-wen join hands at the start of their first televised policy debate in Taipei on December 27, 2015. AFP Photo

Taiwan's Ma quits as ruling party head after vote defeat

Dec 03, 2014 - 9:38 PM

President Ma Ying jeou resigns as head of the Kuomintang KMT following the party s humiliation in local elections Saturday seen as a key barometer ahead of the 2016 presidential race

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou waves to his ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party colleagues after resigning as chairman in Taipei on December 3, 2014. Taiwan's Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou stepped down as chairman of the ruling party, following a massive polls defeat for the government as public fears grow over Chinese influence. Photo by Sam Yeh/ AFP

Taiwan cabinet resigns after massive polls defeat

Dec 01, 2014 - 2:27 PM

UPDATED The Beijing friendly Kuomintang KMT had their power slashed across Taiwan at the key polls November 29 with Premier Jiang Yi huah quitting hours after the disastrous result

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou cast his ballot at polling station in Taipei on November 29, 2014. Pool/AFP

Taiwan premier resigns over party's landslide poll defeat

Nov 29, 2014 - 9:49 PM

Counting is still under way with full official results expected around 11:00 pm

CASTING VOTES. Voters cast their vote for local elections at a polling station in New Taipei City, Taiwan, 29 November 2014. Photo by David Chang/EPA

Taiwan votes in key elections ahead of presidential polls

Nov 29, 2014 - 10:33 AM

UPDATED A record 11 130 seats at every level of local government are up for grabs

POLLS OPEN. Local residents line up for their ID checking before vote at a polling station in Taipei on November 29, 2014. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP