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Taiwanese Turn Out for Key Legislative Elections


Voters in Taiwan are heading to the polls for parliamentary elections. The election could redefine Taiwan's troubled relationship with mainland China.

At stake in Saturday's election is control of Taiwan's 225-seat legislature.

Taiwan and China split in 1949 after a civil war. Beijing considers the island its territory and says Taiwanese moves toward independence would provoke a war.

The election pits a pro-independence coalition, led by President Chen Shui-bian's Democratic Progressive Party, against the Kuomintang and its allies, who favor improving relations with Beijing.

DPP Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim says the election is too close to call. "But President Chen is fairly confident that we can win at least close to a majority in this election," he says.

Polls close at four p.m. and results are expected a few hours later.

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