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Taiwan ruling party concedes defeat

March 22, 2008

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Ruling party candidate Frank Hsieh conceded defeat in Taiwan’s presidential election, his spokesman said Saturday.

Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party presidential candidate ...
Taiwan’s opposition Nationalist Party presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou listens to reporters questions after casting his vote at a polling center at Taipei, Taiwan Saturday, March 22, 2008.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

“We are accepting that we lost,” Hsieh Hsin-ni said.

With almost all votes counted, opposition candidate Ma Ying-jeou has a 17 percentage point lead over Hsieh.

Ma won over voters with promises to expand economic ties with China while protecting the island from being swallowed up politically by its giant communist neighbor.