Monday, January 7, 2008

Five Elections to Watch in 2008

Taiwan, Pakistan, Russia, Zimbabwe, and Iran are all having elections this year.

FP has the list. Here's a excerpt of Taiwan from the list:
Parliamentary elections on Jan. 12 and presidential elections on Mar. 22

The contenders:
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its presidential candidate, former Prime Minister Frank Hsieh, square off against former Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou and his opposition Kuomintang Party (KMT), which supports improved relations with mainland China.

Why it matters:
The stability of the Taiwan Strait hangs in the balance. Since losing power for the first time in 2000, the KMT has watched nervously as President Chen Shui-Bian repeatedly provoked the mainland’s wrath in his quest for independence. Most analysts expect the KMT to increase its majority in parliament—bad news for Taiwanese nationalists. But Chen cleverly set up a referendum, to be held during the presidential contest, asking voters to allow the government to apply for U.N. membership as “Taiwan” rather than “the Republic of China.” That could boost turnout in the DPP’s favor, tilting the elections to Hsieh—and prompting a few thunderbolts from Beijing.


Chih-Hsiang Liao said...

Good information!

Chih-Hsiang Liao said...

What about US?

Steven Liao said...
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Steven Liao said...

Good point! Don't know why they didn't include it in the list. Anyways, it's on November 4, 2008. For further information, you can google it or "wiki" it.