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Philippines, France congratulate Tsai on election victory

TAIPEI -- The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in the Philippines on Sunday congratulated President-elect Tsai Ing-wen on her victory in Taiwan's presidential election a day earlier, and expressed hope that bilateral ties will further advance to boost peace and stability in the region.

With Tsai becoming Taiwan's new president, the Philippines hopes to build closer ties with Taiwan, MECO Chairman Amadeo Perez Jr. told CNA.

Perez also extended congratulations to Vice President-elect Chen Chien-jen and the successful legislative candidates, on behalf of the MECO and the Philippine people.

In a statement issued that same day, Antonio Basilio, the Philippine representative in Taiwan, said that "we congratulate Dr.Tsai Ing-Wen on her election as president. It once again demonstrates Taiwan's strong democratic process, which the Philippines shares. We are looking forward to working with her administration in further strengthening ties between the peoples of Taiwan and the Philippines and contributing to peace and stability in our region." The French Foreign Ministry congratulated Tsai's election win following the conclusion of the three-way race.

In a statement issued in the wake of her election, the French Foreign Ministry expressed hope that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait can continue their dialogue and cooperation.

The European Parliament Taiwan Friendship Group also issued a statement to congratulate Tsai's election as ROC president on Saturday.

"The outcome of the election shows that Taiwan has become a mature and stable democracy which respects multiparty pluralist democracy," it said.

"We truly hope that the new government will continue the successful policy of President Ma of improving the cross- strait relations and in the South China Sea in order to bring peace, security to the benefit of the people on both sides of the strait."

Meanwhile, Nauru President Baron Divavesi Waqa sent a congratulatory message to Tsai Sunday.

Waqa said Tsai's election indicates that Taiwan's people are highly confident of her ability to govern and said Nauru looks forward to further strengthening two-way ties.

He also expressed thanks for the assistance that the ROC has provided to his country.

Tsai, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party, won the presidential election with 56.12 percent of the vote, and her party took 68 out of the total of 113 seats in the Legislative Yuan, becoming the legislature's majority party for the first time in the DPP's 30-year history.

Tsai is the first woman to be elected president in any Chinese society.

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