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Taiwan ruling party wins constitutional assembly vote

[JURIST] Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party [official website] has won the most seats in Saturday's election for a special assembly [Wikipedia entry] charged with considering proposed amendments [Wikipedia backgrounder] to the island country's constitution, a delicate task in light of recent reunification and independence controversies with mainland China. One of the proposed changes would see future constitutional amendments approved by popular referendum rsther than by the current constitutional convention known as the National Assembly [official website], an amendment the DPP has suggested would favor independence, although its effect in that regard could be limited [Taipei Times report]. With 100% of the votes counted, the country's Central Election Commission [official backgrounder] reports [official results] that the DPP has obtained 42.5% of the vote, with the opposition Nationalist Party taking 38.9%. Seats in the National Assembly are allocated by strict proportional representation. AP has more. Taipei's China Post has this background report.

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