Taiwanese voters bank on new leader to spur economy

A supporter sits by campaign flags of Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's presidential candidate from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), in northern TaoyuanTaiwan’s voters, angry at low salaries and unaffordable housing, are set to elect a new president — but the island’s flagging fortunes and a slowdown in China mean the winner will have a mountain to climb. Tsai Ing-wen of the main opposition Beijing-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is expected to win the presidential vote, polling well ahead of rival candidate Eric Chu from the embattled ruling Kuomintang (KMT). Chu is struggling to win public support as the KMT’s popularity has plummeted over its China-friendly policies and failure to deliver the prosperity promised by current President Ma Ying-jeou.

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