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    Incumbent president wins Taiwan election

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou won a close battle for re-election on Saturday, leveraging his message of greater prosperity through expanded ties with China to beat his populist-minded opponent.

    With about 90 per cent of the vote counted, the official central election commission said Ma had gained 51 per cent of the total against 46.3 per cent for Tsai Ing-wen of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party.

    Al Jazeera's Steve Chao reports from Taipei.