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DPP's Tsai Chi-chang elected deputy legislative speaker

DPP's Tsai Chi-chang elected deputy legislative speaker

Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected deputy speaker of the Legislative Yuan on Monday, the opening day of the new Legislature that was voted into office in national elections on Jan. 16.

Tsai won the votes of 74 of the body's 113 lawmakers to beat rivals Tseng Ming-chung (曾銘宗) of the Kuomintang (KMT) and Kao Chin Su-mei (高金素梅) of the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union.

Tseng received 35 ballots, all cast by KMT lawmakers, while Kao Chin got four.

With the DPP's Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) elected as legislative speaker earlier in the day, the Su-Tsai combination will be the first DPP team to lead the Legislative Yuan in the history of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Following his election, Su announced he was resigning from all posts he holds in the DPP and would not attend any political party events. Tsai is expected to follow suit.

Su's announcement was in line with the DPP's proposed reforms for the Legislature, which seek to establish the impartiality of the speaker and his deputy.

Su is widely seen as a close ally of President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), after serving as her running mate in her failed bid for the presidency in 2012.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Elizabeth Hsu)
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