One of the most exciting and fiercely fought elections of all time in Taiwan concluded last week as the voting for this year’s elections took place on Saturday. You might also be aware that the results of the elections were also announced on Saturday night itself. And it turned out to be a great Saturday Night for the incumbent Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen as she got re-elected to become the President of Taiwan once again. However, this also means that she will serve her last and final term in Taiwan as no candidate in Taiwan can become President for more than two terms.
Talking about President Tsai’s re-election, we know that the world is excited and sees it as a response by the Taiwanese people to align with the ‘pro-independence’ DPP. Following the victory by President Tsai Ing-wen, we know that leaders across the world congratulated her despite the fact that China strongly opposes her. China has openly condemned the US’ greetings towards President Tsai for her re-election. But Ministry of Foreign Affairs has now revealed that 60 countries have already congratulated President Tsai Ing-wen for her election victory and a record one at that.
According to the MOFA, Taiwan’s President was congratulated via phone calls and emails from 60 different countries’ representatives. This includes both the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu. Many countries have also expressed their desire to continue their friendly relations such as Eswatini, Palau, Nauru, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Paraguay, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Haiti, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent reveals MOFA. It is important to note, however, that many countries opted not to congratulate the Taiwan President so as to maintain their relations with China. This includes the likes of European countries, India as well as many other countries.