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Taiwan presidential candidates ramp up rallies on eve of vote

Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen waves to supporters during a rally in Taichung, on January 13, 2016Presidential candidates in Taiwan kicked off their final day of campaigning on Friday, with the island expected to vote in its first female leader at this weekend’s polls. Momentum is gathering across Taiwan ahead of the pivotal election Saturday in which voters are expected to turn their back on eight years of rapprochement with China, as scepticism over closer ties grows. Tens of thousands are expected at Friday night’s climactic rallies for the two main candidates, Tsai Ing-wen of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) — who is the frontrunner for the leadership — and the KMT’s Eric Chu.

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