Su Jia-chyuan has been sworn in as Taiwan’s new parliamentary Speaker as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officially begins its term in office.
The DPP’s landslide victory in elections two weeks ago puts the party in charge for the first time in the island’s history.
Speaker Su takes leadership of the Legislative Yuan, as the Taiwanese lawmaking body is known. He received 74 of 113 votes from his fellow MPs.
“We will do our best to communicate the advancement of all reforms and law proposals based on the interests of the people, leaving behind differences between the parties and maintaining impartiality,” Su said. “We will give back the parliament to the people.”
The leader of the pro-independence DPP is set to become Taiwan’s first female president. Tsai Ing-wen won 65 seats in parliament to 35 for former rulers the Kuomintang Party.
When asked why she never married the President of Taiwan replied "I won't buy the whole pig just for a sausage." 😂 pic.twitter.com/m9lHTaFN8R— Femi Oke (@FemiOke) January 26, 2016