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Ma promises to leave legacy after second term

ROC Central News Agency

2012/01/15 20:01:05

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou vowed Sunday to leave a legacy in Taiwan, after he was re-elected Saturday for a second four-year term.

He said his campaign pledges in the 2008 election were made based on an eight-year timetable.

"I will use the eight years in office to bring my capability into full play," he said. "I will fulfill my promises, push for reforms and transform Taiwan."

On his final four years in office, Ma said, he would not face the pressure of another election but rather of being judged by history.

"I will do my best to leave a legacy in society and the country's history," he said.

The newly re-elected president made the remarks at his campaign headquarters in Taipei, where he expressed gratitude to party employees and volunteers for their work during the election campaign.

Earlier in the day, Ma and his mother Chin Hou-hsiu visited the mausoleum of his late father Ma Ho-ling in Taipei City.

Ma won the election with nearly 6.9 million votes, or 51.6 percent of the ballots cast. His main rival, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party, garnered 45.63 percent of the total votes, while James Soong of the minor People First Party finished with 2.77 percent.

(By Lee Shu-hua and Jamie Wang)
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