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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Taiwan Protests to Continue

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Opposition activists refused to disband protests Monday until authorities agree to recount Taiwan's weekend presidential election, won by the incumbent one day after he was lightly wounded in a shooting that critics say influenced the vote.

Governments in the region said they hoped that the political turmoil over President Chen Shui-bian's narrow re-election victory Saturday would not lead to greater tension between the island and archrival China.

Chen, who campaigned on a China-bashing platform, won with just 50.1 percent of the vote, compared to 49.9 percent for opposition candidate Lien Chan, who has pushed for a more conciliatory approach toward China. The margin was just 30,000 votes.

The opposition said voting was marred both by Friday's mysterious shooting and by voting irregularities. They say the attack unfairly earned Chen sympathy votes, and Lien raised questions about more than 330,000 ballots that allegedly were spoiled.

"The whole world is concerned over whether Taiwan has had a fair election," Lien's running mate, James Soong, said early Monday while visiting opposition activists rallying near the presidential office to demand a recount.

Lien separately has petitioned for the election results to be nullified. Taiwan High Court chief Chang Chin-hsiung said Monday that a ruling would come within six months at the latest.

"It could come in one or two months after we finish the investigation and have debates about it," Chang said.