Tsai Ing-wen made history January 16 when she was the first female President to be elected in Taiwan.
During her campaign, Tsai expressed her desire to gain independence from China and citizens agreed. Tsai represents to Democratic Progressive party (DPP) and won with more than half the votes counted.
According to The Guardian Tsai shared the following during her first speech as President.
“Thank you for helping the DPP stand up again and for trusting us to govern this country. We will put political polarisation behind us and look forward to the arrival of a new era of politics in Taiwan.”
She continued by expressing the challenges that the country is currently facing and how she plans to address the issues in her role as president.
“For me this is not just about an election victory. The results today tell me that the people want to see a government more willing to listen to the people, a government that is more transparent and accountable, and a government that is more capable of leading us past our current challenges and taking care of those in need. They tell me that the people expect a government that can lead this country into the next generation and a government that is steadfast in protecting this country’s sovereignty.”